Mexico started their international season in style on Saturday, recording a big win over Bermuda. The 59-7 triumph underlines the progress made by Mexico and also the potential the country has to eventually bridge the gap between itself and Rugby Americas Championship teams.
Las Serpientes dominance was not immediate. While Franco Guerrero crossed for the game’s first try, the lead was soon in Bermuda’s favor. Corey Boyce went over with an intercept against the run of play to give Bermuda a 7-5 lead. Mexico turned it around smartly, ultimately going into halftime with a 33-7 lead.
In the second half Las Serpientes continued to play the better rugby. The five first half tries were added to by four in the second with the bigger and better prepared Serpientes proving to be the superior side.
The win sees the 2016 Rugby Americas North Championship winners picking up where they left off. Mexico can now prepare for matches against the USA South and the Cayman Islands in fine shape.
Bermuda, on the other hand, are not in the best position. Since having won the then NACRA Caribbean Championship in 2011 and 2012 the country has fallen in competitiveness. This has coincided with the emergence of others.
Tries – C. Boyce
Cons – D. Cole
Yellow cards – T. Healy
Tries – F. Guerrero 3, L. Arredondo 2, Penalty try, F. Samano, A. Rodríguez, P. Nadaud
Cons – A. Sánchez 6
1 Simon Pettler, 2 Mike Williams, 3 Dustin Archibald, 4 Pete Dunkerley (capt.), 5 Darren Richardson, 6 Adam Richards, 7 Thomas Greenslade, 8 Aldo Campbell, 9 Tom Healy, 10 Chris Naylor, 11 Calum Maule, 12 Tashon DeSilva, 13 Rich Cumbers, 14 Corey Boyce, 15 Dan Cole
Replacements: 16 Jahan Cedanio, 17 Conor McGlynn, 18 Anthony Sousa, 19 Dick Reno, 20 Ben Green, 21 Chiquon Smith, 22 Tyler Kendall, 23 Jahniko Francis
1 Marcos Flegmann, 2 Mizael Loredo, 3 Max Douek (capt.), 4 Sebastián Díaz, 5 Cesar Treviño, 6 Roberto Calderón, 7 Gonzalo Pons, 8 Simon Pierre, 9 Andrés Rodríguez, 10 Agustín Sánchez, 11 Fharid Samano, 12 Pascal Nadaud, 13 Franco Guerrero, 14 Luis Arredondo, 15 Rodrigo Ripoll
Replacements: 16 Pedro Morales, 17 Jean-Paul Zisa, 18 Tobias Hernández, 19 Santiago Prieto, 20 Rodrigo Marquez, 21 Diego Ramírez, 22 Victor Oliva, 23 Carlos Fernández
Referee: Mike O’Brien (USAR)