Trinidad and Tobago held off a hard charging Guyana to claim a 22-20 win in the South Championship league to move to 2-0 in the pool.

T & T broke out to a 12-0 half time lead on tries from wing James Phillip and prop Ernest Wright with hooker Felicien Guerra adding a conversion.

In the second frame Guyana clawed back into the match as Kevin McKenzie touched down just two minutes into the second half to make the score 12-5.

The home side T & T responded on the hour mark as scrum-half Johnason Alleyne scored to make it a two twelve point lead.

It took just four minutes for Guyana to organize its first try of the second half as wing Avery Corbin finished strongly to put his side back into contention with fifteen minutes to go in the match.

The frantic nature of the match continued with T & T hitting for its bonus point try from inside centre Andre Caberra dotted down in the 69th minute for a 22-10 score.

Guyana still had some answers as just three minutes later flanker Richard Staglon crossed to cut the T & T lead to a converted try for the final eight minutes of the match. Jut before full time Kevin McKenzie hit for his second try but the conversion that would have tied it did not go over as T & T held on for the narrow 22-20 win!

Despite the loss Guyana came away with two bonus points for scoring four tries and losing by less than seven to leave them a point back 6-5 in the pool standings, but leaving Trinidad and Tobago with top spot with no pool matches remaining.

Other NACRA action saw Mexico dominate the Cayman Islands 24-3 meaning Trinidad and Tobago will host the Les Serpientes in the play-offs.


Tries:Kevin McKenzie (2), Avery Corbin, Richard Staglon

Trinidad and Tobago: 
Tries: James Phillip, Ernest Wright, Johnason Alleyne, Andre Caberra
Conversion: Felicien Guerra