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Heartbreak for BVI Rugby team which suffered narrow defeat to Barbados

The VI lost 17-15 to Barbados on Saturday November 7, 2015 in the North American and Caribbean Rugby Association south zone promotion / relegation clash at the A. O. Shirley Ground. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
Austin Kiel got few opportunities to show his skills, closely marshaled by the Barbadian defense. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
Austin Kiel got few opportunities to show his skills, closely marshaled by the Barbadian defense. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
The moment the VI saw their last scoring chance go begging as Rory Thornton slid his penalty kick wide of the posts. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
The moment the VI saw their last scoring chance go begging as Rory Thornton slid his penalty kick wide of the posts. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The BVI Rugby Team lost 17-15 to Barbados in the North American and Caribbean Rugby Association south zone promotion/relegation clash at the A. O. Shirley Ground on Saturday November 7, 2015.

After a period of sustained pressure early in the first half, Rory Thornton opened the scoring for the Virgin Islands with a 30 yard penalty and went on to add a couple of conversions to his tally after both Thomas Wilson and Matt Holmes had scored to give the VI a 15-10 half time lead.

However, a fitter looking Barbadian team hit back strongly in the second half.

The VI were camped in the Barbados 22, but were unable to extend their lead before Kevin Carter scored an opportunist break away try, which he also converted to make it 17-15 to Barbados.

The VI came back strong with a prize of matches against the likes of Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago up for grabs and got their chance to go back ahead with ten minutes to go.

Thornton though, would see a penalty kick from in front of the posts go wide and with it the last chance for the VI to win the game.

A bitterly disappointed VI Captain, Rory Thornton, was in a philosophical mood after the game. “We made them play our game for the best part of the game, we knew they had more individual talent, but the one thing we have been doing lately is coming together as a team and we did that really well today. Individually everyone had a great game, but as a pack we didn’t produce enough clean ball for the backs to exploit.”

Coach Sherlock “Solo” Solomon was heartbroken to see his team come so close to what would have been a famous victory. “It broke my heart!” he said.

“[It was] a game we clearly should have won, but lost by two points. We can take a lot from the game though, especially with the youngsters. The Forwards didn’t do as much as I hoped in providing the likes of Noel Maxwell and Austin Kiel opportunities. I think we were a little nervous at times and soft in defence, but when a game is that close it only takes one moment to win or lose it,” he said.

11 Responses to “Heartbreak for BVI Rugby team which suffered narrow defeat to Barbados”

  • Xxx (09/11/2015, 10:35) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Ruff game
    • the rock (09/11/2015, 20:05) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      i was at the game, for an inexperience team, teambvi did extremely well, had some good music, beautiful ladies and tasty hot dogs grilling!
  • the INSPECTOR (09/11/2015, 10:49) Like (3) Dislike (10) Reply
    CAN THE BVI WIN ANYTHING?
    • born here (09/11/2015, 11:18) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
      Yes we can
    • i play this game (09/11/2015, 19:44) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      @THE INSPECTOR this was a game that the we the bvi rugby team earn after going 3 wins a 0 losses in our division this year so for us to get at this point we had to win something we just had a few bad break
  • Observer (09/11/2015, 18:53) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
    The management of this team was useless. Star player on the wing where he rarely got the ball. Kicking was awful. Opting to attempt to run in 2 penalties under the post and scoring neither to lose game by 2 points. Pathetic. Maybe if the team actually trained together with locally based players rather than relying on imported stars they may have a future. Better hope they have the funds to fly players in for every game.
  • Observer (11/11/2015, 08:47) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    I was trying to be involved, but the full back kept kicking it and it never came out to me on the wing.
  • Really (11/11/2015, 15:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    @observer.....do you even now how to play rugby? Easy to talk from the sidelines. When did BVI last play to this level?
  • member (11/11/2015, 16:18) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    I think 'observer' is confused, firstly claiming to be just an observer and using terms like 'they', and then saying he played on the wing. I think just a bitter player who didn't get much game time, and doesn't understand the dynamics of rugby and team sports.


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