The Trinidad & Tobago Senior Men’s National 7s Rugby Team, after defeating Costa Rica 20-5, in their first game on the second day, went into their perennial problem at the Rugby 7s Competition of the 2018 Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games. Trinidad & Tobago has historically, been a flop in two day competitions.
Although qualifying for the Semi Final, and trailing Mexico 7-5 at half time, the team went on to lose the match, 29-5. They then lost to Jamaica 26-5, who they defeated in the first round of the competition, 17-7. This means that Trinidad & Tobago have lost their podium post at the CAC Games, which was important for the team going forward.
The Trinidad & Tobago Rugby Football Union (TTRFU) and its stakeholders has to look at this, as its National Teams seem to have a problem playing on the second day in tournaments.
There are just six (6) weeks to get both the Senior Men’s and Women’s National 7s Teams prepared, mentally and physically, for the 2018 Rugby Americas North (RAN) 7s Tournament in Barbados, which is scheduled to take place from September 22 to 23, 2018. This tournament is a qualifier for the 2019 PanAm Games.
Both Manager, Curtis Nero and Coach, Larry Mendez, expressed their disappointment as the team was expected to podium.