Thursday, April 11, 2019
By RENALDO DORSETT
Tribune Sports Reporter
One game remains to determine the predominant side in the Bahamas Rugby Football Union (BRFU).
The league is assured of a new champion when Baillou RC faces Buccaneers RC Heineken Bahamas Cup Final, at 3pm at the Winton Rugby Centre.
Baillou comes into the final as the No 1 seed while the Bucs are ranked No 3.
Bucs went on the road to defeat Freeport RC, 33-17. They overcame a 14 point deficit with 26 unanswered points to win and advance to the semifinal. They then went on to defeat the defending champion Cuckoos FC last Saturday to advance.
Baillou's veteran corps of Duran Beedle, Andy Bodie, Kevin Salabie and Kevin Charlton led the side to dominant season where they lost just a single match.
Andrew Bain, Geo Rolle, and Sean Albury led the Bucs to their first Heineken Cup title game since 2016.
Since 2012, Heineken and the BRFU partnered to rename the Annual Bahamas Rugby Cup as the Heineken Bahamas Rugby Cup, and the brewing company now also provides branding, marketing, and advertising support.
Cuckoos captured the first two editions of the renamed event in 2012 and 2013, while Baillou took the cup in 2014.
In 2015, the Buccaneers defeated Freeport 18-7 to claim the cup. Cuckoos then reeled off three consecutive titles from 2016-2018.
The Heineken Bahamas Rugby Cup ran for several weeks of competition with three teams from New Providence (Baillou, Cuckoos and Buccaneers) and one from Freeport (Freeport Rugby Club).
Following the conclusion of the season, attention shifts to play at the national team level.
The women's national is preparing for the Rugby Americas North Championship, which will be held in Grand Cayman July 6-7. At the junior national team level, the under-19 boys will represent The Bahamas in Barbados for the Rugby Americas North Championships.