Hurricanes Rugby League Jamaica crowned their inaugural game with a win in the Hotel Four Seasons Rugby League Magic event in Kingston, Jamaica, with a win over Washington DC Slayers.
A loud and appreciative crowd of nearly 500 braved light evening showers on Saturday afternoon to witness the Caribbean’s only semi-professional team take on the Washington DC Slayers at the Mona Bowl, UWI for the inaugural Hotel Four Seasons Rugby League magic trophy.
The Hurricanes were first on the score card after a flowing move from mid field released flying winger Robert Rodney who easily scored in on the right wing after only 4 minutes. The Slayers responded 3 minutes later when the diminutive hooker Phil Hill sneaked over from a play the ball close to the goal posts. Andrew Payne then put the slayers up by 4 points after the big centre powered his way through some soft tackles on the left side.
The Hurricanes scored next on 15 minutes when the Slayers spilled the ball close to the half line and powerful Prop Sandino Hastings showed he also has speed by sprinting 30m for a try. With the game locked at 8 all, the Slayers conceded a penalty for holding down close to their try line and Hurricanes Centre Ryan Grant slotted over the 2 points on offer. From there on it was all Hurricanes for the remainder of the half as converted two tries from Tyronie Rowe and scores from Renaldo Wade and Rodney’s second put the home team up 32-8 at the break
Washington came firing on all cylinders early in the second half and scored first when winger John Young went over in the right corner. The Slayers were again pressing for their 5th try when Hurricanes Centre Everton Richards snatched a wayward pass on his own 20m line and raced 80 metres to push the Hurricanes farther ahead. From there on the local side took complete control with converted tries from Rowe (2), Andre Reid, Ryan Spence and Richards pushing the score to 66 points. Conversions for the Hurricanes were made by Ryan Grant (5) and Roy Calvert (3). Rich Nolte and Ranoy Stephens added two more tries for the Slayers, taking them to 24 points.
Reflecting on the game, Danny Hanson coach of the Slayers commented, “"We went into the match with a plan to channel Jamaica back inside to our big players but they effectively got the ball outside on us. While the defeat stings, it was an honor to watch a strong disciplined side effectively move the ball all day. Jamaica has a strong future in international rugby league."
Meanwhile coach of the Hurricanes, Roy Calvert, was pleased with the outcome, “We stuck in there and got the job done, it was a top performance by the boys and we really appreciate the support of Hotel Four Season and the Slayers for making this match happen”.
Washington DC Slayers: Andrew Payne, Anthony Guess, Dain Bentley, Dave Parmiter, Jack Dunn, Jaron McLaurin, JC Rocha, John Young, Justin Barlogio, Matt McBay, Paul Glodzik, Phil Hill, Randy Stephens, Richard Nolte, Trevor Peterson, Young Woo, Coach: Danny Hanson
Hurricanes Jamaica: Renaldo Wade, Fabion Turner, Ryan Grant, Everton Richards, Robert Rodney, Andre Reid, Roy Calvert, Sandino Hastings, Omar Jones, Romaen Campbell, Tyronie Rowe, Ryan Hall, Ryan Spence, Andrew Phillips, Adrian Myers, Nathan Campbell, Astil Johnson