HAMILTON, Bermuda, Mar 11, CMC – Tom Healy scored a hat-trick of tries as Bermuda opened their Rugby Americas North Championship campaign with a convincing 43-14 victory over Jamaica at National Stadium at the weekend despite some ill-discipline that saw them reduced to 13 men at one stage.
In the first meeting between the sides in Bermuda since 1975, the home side dominated for long periods of the game, racing into a 22-0 lead after 28 minutes before Jamaica reduced the deficit to 22-14 before the break.
Healy’s hat-trick was supplemented by tries from Jamie Baum, Alex Brown and a double from Conor McGlynn, with the boot of Brian Archibald adding eight points from successful conversions.
The only negative from Saturday’s match for the hosts was a five-minute spell at the end of the first half in which a lack of discipline resulted in McGlynn and Darren Richardson being shown yellow cards and sent to the sin-bin, handing Jamaica a way back into the match with tries from Didan Smith and Haydn Annakie, both being converted by Noah Jarvis.
However, after regrouping in the second-half and securing a first victory under his reign, Bermuda’s head coach Jamie Barnwell was left delighted despite conceding there are still improvements needed ahead of playing the winners of Guyana and Guadeloupe in their next encounter, in their quest to become Caribbean champions.
“I’m delighted with the result but there is still plenty to work to do going forward,” said Barnwell, who took up the voluntary role in February.
“We had some discipline issues in the first half and went down to 13 men, but to stay in the game and then go on and score more tries shows the team are really unified and that is all credit to them.
“We had to soak up a lot of pressure from a very athletic Jamaican team but the players understood perfectly how to build on momentum during the game and take control, I’m delighted with them.”