Hornets top UG to win Rugby title

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The winning Pepsi Hornets team celebrating their win.
The winning Pepsi Hornets team celebrating their win.

[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Pepsi Hornets made a second half comeback to topple the University of Guyana (UG) 34-28 when the final of the Rugby ten’s competition concluded on Sunday, September 14 at the National Park Rugby Field.

UG came out of the gates hot scoring three tries and three conversions on their way to a 21-12 first half lead over the Hornets.

UG’s Captain Ryan Dey, Oesi Mckenzie and Lance Adonis scored a try each while Adonis converted three conversions to give UG the first half lead.

The second half was a much different story as the big bodies of Hornets bullied a seemingly tired and listless UG team in the closing minutes of the game to score 22 points in the half while holding UG to juts seven points to win the game.

Chris Singh, Dane Parks, Blaise Bailey all scored a try each while Captain Ryan Gonsalves who had had two tries scored a game changer in the closing minutes while Elwin Chase punctuated the win with a try in the final 10 minutes of the game. Gonsalves also had two conversions.

Gonsalves related that his team is not one to ever throw in the towel.

“We never give up, we kept pressuring UG, you are never out, it’s 60 minutes of rugby and we never gave up,” Gonsalves stated.

Meanwhile, at the presentation ceremony, President of the Guyana Football Rugby Union (GFRU), Peter Green related that the tournament is a warm-up for the upcoming sevens which will be the bench mark for selection to the national side to represent Guyana at the NACRA championships later this year in Mexico.

“It was wonderful playing and hard tackling but this final is just the prelude, next week is the sevens, the road to Mexico and this year we must take back what belongs to us,” Green urged.

The Banks Seven’s Rugby tournament is slated to start Sunday at the National Park Rugby Field.

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