(Bahamas) On January 9th, the USA South Panthers were able to mark their first win of the new Rugby America North (formerly North American Caribbean Rugby Association) season, with a 37-18 win over the Bahamas National Men’s Team.
The USA South never appeared to lose control of the game, they would go into halftime 17-13, after a score by USA South team captain, Matt Hughston.
Bahamas continued to fight despite falling behind in the and brought the game to within one, 18-17, on a sensational try that started in USA territory.
However, the success was short lived as the USA South tacked on two more runs, sealing the deal on the road.
“It was a good game. I’m really proud of my boys,” said Hughston. “You have to give hats off to them [Bahamas], they’re scrappy and it’s easy to fall into their game style.”
Team Bahamas assistant coach Drew Brown said he liked what he saw despite the score, and that they’ll get better as conditioning improves.
“We changed the brand of rugby that we want to play, this is s more in your face with more energy and ferocity,” he said. “However, to play that kind game,you need endurance.
“We executed well in the first half but a few minutes into the second we lost our concentration. Our intensity dropped and that’s where it went wrong for us.”