Freeport RC comes up short against Bucs

BUCS TOP FRC — The Buccaneers (red) out of New Providence took down the Freeport Rugby Club (white) in Heineken Cup play this past Saturday. The final score of the match was 29-17. The teams will meet again on January 26 in New Providence. (PHOTO: SHAYNE STUBBS)

The Freeport Rugby Club (FRC) recently went to war with the visiting Buccaneers out of New Providence and the result set up what should be an even more entertaining clash in two weeks time.

Heineken Cup play resumed this past Saturday at the Freeport Rugby and Football Club where FRC dropped the third match in a row to the Bucs, 29-17. 

The Bucs overpowered the young and feisty FRC crew in the first half. They had a 17-0 lead at halftime. The second half was where FRC found life. They scored their first try but missed the subsequent extra point, which made it a 17-5 contest in favor of the Bucs midway through the second half. 

Later, however, the Bucs tacked on another seven points off a try and extra point attempt to make it a 24-5 contest. Moments later FRC broke through the Bucs’ defense to score another try but again missed adding on the extra point. The score was 24-10. 

The Bucs continued to apply pressure on FRC who scored another try to put them ahead 29-10. FRC managed to score another try and convert on the extra point before the final whistle blew.

The FRC boasts a young crew of players. Filling in as head coach for the day Ben Power expressed he was pleased with the team’s spirit. Although they did not go into the match with the full roster, he noted “the team fights hard no matter how tough things are going.”

“We have 30 people who show up to practice every day. We’re going to get better. We had a few people out. I’m out. But, these guys work hard every day. We lost a couple people from Freeport. They’re now playing in Nassau...but we finally have a team of kids.

“They may not be as experienced as everybody else but there’s no quit as you could see today.”

Size and experience may have worked well for the Bucs that day, but Power said it didn’t take much to get the guys motivated headed into the match.

“It wasn’t really hard to get them motivated because we played three ex-FRC players. But they don’t look at size or anything like that. These kids are 18-22. They have no fear. We just have to keep showing up as a team and the rest will take care of itself.”

So far, FRC has lost matches to the Cuckoos (New Providence) back in November and to the Baillou RC (New Providence) on December 1. FRC returns to New Providence January 26 for another showdown with the Bucs. On February 9 FRC will once again take on the Baillou club.

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