Baillou remains unbeaten; Buccaneers win over Freeport

The Baillou Rugby Club and the Buccaneers Rugby Club were both victorious in the Heineken Bahamas Cup at the Winton Rugby Field on Saturday.

Baillou took down the Aliv Nassau Cup Champions, the Cuckoos, in a close game, 21-19, to improve to a perfect 3-0 win-loss in the Bahamas Cup. The Cuckoos are still looking for their first win as they are now 0-2.

In the late game, the Buccaneers were able to slow down a surging Freeport team as they won 31-20. With that win, the Buccaneers’ record is now 1-2. Freeport drops to 1-1.

“It was good for us to get out there and get a win. The last game we played, we unfortunately lost in the last few minutes against these guys – they are a young team but it’s good to get the win,” said Buccaneers captain Graham Gard.

It was a dominating first half by the Buccaneers as they went up 15-3. They extended that league to 25-10 early in the second half before Freeport made a push to win the game.

A try by Freeport cut into the Buccaneers’ lead at 25-15. A few minutes later, the Buccaneers went up 28-15.

It was an eight-point game when Freeport converted on another try to keep the score within reach. The Buccaneers held a 28-20 lead at that point.

The Buccaneers scored three more points before the game ended in their favor. The Freeport squad showed a lot more quickness, but the Buccaneers’ size was too much for them.

Scoring for the Buccaneers were Rance Jones, Andrew Bain, Noel Henderson and Shawn Adderley, the kicker.

Gard said it is great to see Freeport playing again, especially after Hurricane Dorian ravaged the Northern Bahamas at the beginning of September last year. He said he likes seeing the youthfulness of the team.

“It is great to see the amount of youth they have in Grand Bahama coming up and coming over here to help build the game of rugby. We see it now building on to the national team level as well,” said Gard.

In the game with the Cuckoos and Aliv, the Cuckoos controlled the majority of the first half and was able to get into the try zone frequently. By the end of the first half, the Cuckoos held a 13-7 lead over Baillou.

Baillou kept it close in the second half. The Cuckoos were ahead 19-18, but they hurt themselves with a penalty.

That penalty was a very costly one as Baillou scored three points and held on to win the game 21-19.

Scoring for Baillou were Cameron Hepburn and Kwamae Garland. Scoring for the Cuckoos were Wilfred Ferguson, Blair Smith and Dayvon Woodside.

The next fixture in the Bahamas Cup will see Freeport taking on the Cuckoos on Saturday February 8 at 2 p.m. at the Freeport Rugby Club. 

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Simba French

Simba joined The Nassau Guardian in 2012 as a technical producer for Guardian Radio 96.9 FM. He joined the Editorial Department as a sports reporter in 2018. Simba has covered a wide range of sports stories, including the 2018 CARIFTA in Nassau, Bahamas. Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism

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