Brown v. Grand Cayman Mixed Club Side

Cayman Rugby Field 
Grand Cayman Island

March 23, 2015: 5:15 P.M.

With temperatures still seasonally cold in Providence, Brown landed on Grand Cayman Island in the Caribbean for a week of rugby training and matches on Saturday, March 21st. Brown’s first match on Monday, March 23rd was played in welcomed mid-80’s temperatures. Out opponent was a mixed side to provide our newer players with some playing time. 7 of Brown’s 15 starters were freshmen or sophomores, with several playing their first season. The vastly more experienced Cayman team did dominate Brown but the new Brown players made great progress in their rugby IQ’s.  Two former Brown players are currently living in Cayman, Dow Travers’13 and James McGinn’13. Both played against Brown, but neither scored against the Bears.

The score tells the story, but Brown did manage to score twice. The first saw Brown drive a lineout to a ruck where #8 Calum McClelland, playing in his very first rugby match, ran the ball 20 meters for Brown’s first tour points in the first half.

As the match entered the final 5 minutes of play, Brown was awarded several penalties. Scrum half Joe Paolino alertly took a quick tap close to the line and drove in for a try. Fly half Tom Keelan converted. Brown did pressure Cayman for the final 5 minutes of play but could not crack the goal line again.

Brown did get some good scrum and lineout possession but not enough to maintain possession for any sustained time or territory. In the backs, center Phil Smith broke the line for a 50  meter run but was tackled without support and Brown turned over a potential try. Poor passes seemed to plague the Bears as did turnovers at rucks and mauls. Although the Bears played with heart, Brown will have to tighten up these aspects of play to make progress over the week.

The match referee was Ben Cullen.

Brown Squad

.1.        Alan Swierczynski’18, replaced at halftime by Mitchell Sibley’17
2.         Peter Julian’16
3.         Henry Richardson’17, replaced at halftime by Kavin Nunez’15
4.         Erick Guzman’16
5.         Jack Olson’16
6.         Mike Manning’17
7.         Josh Stern’18, replaced last 15 minutes by John Landers’17
8.         Calum McClelland’16, replaced last 15 minutes by Eric Nguyen’16.
9.         Joe Paolino’17
10.       Tom Keelan’16
11.       Alex Krotow’15
12.       Phil Smith’15,
13.       Zach Fredman’17, replaced at halftime by Brian Yang’18
14.       Davis Hartnett’17                               
15.       Dan Tonderys’14M, replaced at halftime by Nate Giacalone’16, replaced last 15 minutes by Peter McHugh’17


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