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VI knocked out of NACRA with loss to St Lucia

Rory Thornton pulled back by the St Lucian defenders as he looks to score. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
Tom Chapman follows up with the ball and scores after good work from Roan Thornton. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
Tom Chapman follows up with the ball and scores after good work from Roan Thornton. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
Lenford Eugene cuts through the VI defense to score. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
Lenford Eugene cuts through the VI defense to score. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
Vivien Harry puts the VI back in front following a surging run. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
Vivien Harry puts the VI back in front following a surging run. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
The VI defense thwart another St Lucia attack. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
The VI defense thwart another St Lucia attack. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
Another St Lucia attack was stopped by Thornton. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
Another St Lucia attack was stopped by Thornton. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
Isadore flies down the left flank, evades three tackles and scores for St Lucia. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
Isadore flies down the left flank, evades three tackles and scores for St Lucia. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
Let the party begin. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
Let the party begin. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
ROADTOWN, Tortola, VI - A stunned silence enveloped the A.O. Shirley Ground on Sunday June 8, 2014 as the Referee blew the final whistle and brought to an end any hopes of the Virgin Islands (VI) progressing into round two of the NACRA Men’s Championship, suffering an 18-29 loss to St Lucia.

The defeat made even harder to take for the players given they had bossed large parts of the game, had been 13-5 ahead at half time and even extended that lead to 18-8 mid way through the second period.

Tom Chapman opened the scoring for the hosts, following up a Roan Thornton drive to the line, picking the loose ball up and diving over for a try.

Rory Thornton missed the conversion attempt and moments later the VI defense was caught napping as Lenford Eugene ran straight through a flat back line to equalize.

Following a little pushing and shoving, which involved virtually all 30 players on the pitch and resulted in a spell in the sin bin for Imran William and Patrick Dennis, the VI regained the lead through a penalty from Rory Thornton and then reached the comfort of half time extending the lead courtesy of a searing run from Vivien Harris.

Harris outpaced three St Lucia defenders from just inside his own half to score, but Thornton missed the conversion attempt leaving the score 13-5.

St Lucia converted a penalty from the boot of Colvis Samuel, to make it 13-8, after a dominating spell early in the second period, but the move of the match, at least from the home team perspective, saw Noel Maxwell score the easiest of tries in the left hand corner as the VI finally began to move the ball across the field at pace. The conversion was missed and so was a penalty moments later and then the wheels fell off for the VI.

At 18-8 ahead the VI should have gone on to put the game away. However following a quickly taken “tap” penalty Cyriacus Isadore burst through the VI defensive line from just inside his own half evaded three forlorn attempted tackles and scored under the posts. Samuel made the simple conversion and suddenly the whole game changed momentum with the score now just 18-15

Jerry Charles ran through the VI defense again moments later to make it 18-20, Samuel converted, extending the lead to 18-22 and then to put the icing on the cake, Eugene scored again to make it 18-27 and Samuel rubbed salt into the VI wounds, rounding out the scoring at 18-29 with another successful conversion.

“I’m very proud of the team,” commented St Lucia Captain, Charles. “We held on into the second half and knew the VI team were getting tired. We turned to our youth and speed and got around them to score the crucial points”

VI Coach, Sherlock ‘Sam’ Solomon rued the poor handling skills shown by his team. “We were doing so well in the first half and then deep into the second half, but St Lucia pressure and some poor tackling cost us the match. When they scored from their own 25 that took the wind out of us and changed the game.”

Solomon was pleased with the youngsters who took part, but also felt the senior players should have stepped up to the plate more. “We worked on the forwards controlling the ball, but after the first phase it just wasn’t happening. The youngsters had a good came, some of the seniors seemed to lack fitness by the end, but we didn’t control the ball enough”

The VI have one game left to play, against Curacao, whilst St Lucia moves onto a home game against St Vincent to wrap up their Group play.

10 Responses to “VI knocked out of NACRA with loss to St Lucia”

  • xxxxxxxx (09/06/2014, 09:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    dem ruff saw
  • just asking..... (09/06/2014, 11:08) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    why is he trying to pull off the man shorts
  • son of the soil (09/06/2014, 13:36) Like (0) Dislike (8) Reply
    A bunch of waste not one is a bvislander.
    • brian hodge (09/06/2014, 16:37) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      how about you turn the point into a positive and ask where are the bv islanders ? or maybe you dont go out much as the thornton's are both bv islanders, as are many others in the squad
  • born here (10/06/2014, 06:57) Like (0) Dislike (5) Reply
    Yes dem give a set of island man passport to travel to represent we
    • BVI Player (10/06/2014, 14:43) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      People can qualify to play for the BVI after living here for either two or three years (have to double check) - they don't need a passport to represent. They have never given a player a BVI passport solely for playing rugby. You have no idea what you are talking about so shut up.
  • rugby lover (10/06/2014, 08:56) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Born here and son of the soil, you both need to be quite cause if u guys had step up to the plate learn about the game and the players, then you won't be talking with such ignorance. None of the player receive any passport and there are BVI islanders on the team.
  • henleg#21hooker (10/06/2014, 11:32) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    I really enjoyed the game against the BVI , born here and son of the soil if you'll are true to your names then I hope and trust that the BVI will have 2 new rugby players. Be true your name give blood play rugby....I am from St Lucia and I played that game (Flanker/Hooker#21). Stop the ignorance...be true islanders
  • hooker (10/06/2014, 20:16) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    i was born here in the bvi in 84 grew up here in the bvi very well know amoung the places the team today has more local born here players than anything thanks to the rugby program that is in the school that some one of your family member goes to a son brother cousin nephew god son / brother that was born here so please encourage us and not tear us apart as we represent the BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS to our best


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