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A Caribs player makes a darting run against Harvard yesterday at the Queen's Park Savannah.


IN a fiery yet fitting start to the TT Rugby Football Union (TTRFU) Championship season, Harvard reclaimed the Robert Farfan trophy yesterday when they defeated Caribs 17-15 at the Queen's Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain.

The win sees Harvard go joint top in the Championship, along with Trinidad Northern. At President's Ground, St Ann's, in the earlier fixture, Northern defeated Royalians 24-17.

The day's feature match for the Robert Farfan trophy – which doubles as a league fixture – between Harvard and Caribs left coaches from both teams fuming and with barely a voice at the final whistle given the number of unforced errors in their respective attacks.

Harvard, however, enjoyed a strong start and should have had an early advantage from a penalty, but Aasan Lewis' effort was scuffed and far from the upright.

Caribs also had an opportunity to take an early lead via a penalty from Fiji-born TT player, Bess Waka, that also missed the target.

The match then took a sharp turn around the 20th minute when a scuffle broke out which would eventually see Darren Clancy – a player born in Ireland and also on the TT national team – booked by referee Ryan Hinckson for throwing a punch. All the while, play continued, and with half the players from either team focused on the off-the-ball incident, Joseph Quashie paced half the length of the pitch practically uncontested to give Harvard a 5-0 advantage. Lewis, the designated dead ball kicker, missed the conversion attempt.

Caribs then pulled three points back with a penalty converted by Sean Caesar in the last scoring action of the first half. With a 5-3 lead, Harvard entered the second half similarly commanding, and went up 12-3 almost immediately when Lewis scored a try and conversion.

Caribs enjoyed more meaningful possession in the second half and were seemingly on course to mount a come-back when Samuel Roberts scored a try, converted by Waka, only for Harvard to extend their lead to 17-10 with minutes left in the contest.

Opportunities were few and far between from both sides, which meant the numerous knock-ons left players, coaches and supporters groaning on the sidelines.

In the dying moments, Caribs pulled another try back via Waka, who missed the conversion effort that surely would have seen the two teams share the points.

In the end, Caribs only consolation would be the one bonus point that comes from losing by under seven points.

Following the match, Harvard coach Jerry Legall said he was happy his team secured the win, but was unimpressed by the manner in which it was done.

"I'm pleased with the result, but not in the way we played. I think we made too many mistakes in areas that we are going to have to work on in training," Legall said.

He identified Harvard's decision-making as their primary weakness during the match and admitted his team was lucky Caribs also made many errors.

The Robert Farfan trophy is held annually in remembrance of former Trinidad Northern Player Robert Farfan.


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Rheeza Grant Interview - August 2019 - 2019 Pan Am Games, Lima, Peru

Nicholas Paul of Trinidad and Tobago celebrates after winning men's sprint gold at the Pan American Games ©Getty Images

2019 Pan Amer­i­can Games

Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC) President Brian Lewis has praised his nation's athletes after the country recorded their best medal performance at the Pan American Games in Lima.

Colin Murray |

2019 Pan Amer­i­can Games

A few fans stopped me to ask what I thought about the West In­dies' per­for­mance so far in the se­ries against In­dia in both the T20's and the ODIs.

DOUBLE GOLD MEDALLIST! Nicholas Paul of T&T celebrates beating compatriot Phillip Njisanel, also of T&T, to win the gold medal in the track cycling men's sprint final at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru on August 3. (AP)

2019 Pan Amer­i­can Games

The Pan Amer­i­can Games closed on Sun­day but T&T is still cel­e­brat­ing its his­toric per­for­mance, claim­ing 13 medals, the most ever.

I happen to be initially browsing but having caught my attention, I then perused thoroughly, the 2018 Oxford Business Group country report on Trinidad and Tobago.  There were a number of perespectives, snap shots and overviews written. If one wanted to get a well researched and documented overview of the economic and business landscape within the twin Island Republic.

31 July is CANOC day. A message was sent out. That it barely registered or caught the attention of sport stakeholders in the Caribbean is an opportunity not a slight. CANOC must embrace the opportunity to heighten awareness and engage in enhanced outreach to provide information about the organisation.

It is cold in Lima, Peru, host city of the 2019 Pan Am Games. In fact, it is winter here in the South American nation.

With the one-year countdown to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games officially underway, the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee, (TTOC) has announced that TTO athletes will benefit from a pre-games training camp at the Japan Athlete Training Center Osumi, in Osaki Town, Kagoshima Prefecture, as part of Japan’s Host Town Initiative.

Dylan Carter

Tokyo 2020

National swimmer Dylan Carter has qualified for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan after reaching the semi-final in the 100m freestyle at the 2019 FINA World Aquatics Championships in South Korea.

In this file photo, (from L) TT's Keston Bledman, Emmanuel Callender, Richard Thompson and Marc Burns celebrate after winning silver in the men's 4×100m relay final at the National Stadium during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games on August 22, 2008.

Tokyo 2020

TEAM TTO has been assured of a gold medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. Twelve years after their second place finish at the 2008 Beijing Games, sprinters Richard Thompson, Marc Burns, Emmanuel Callender and Keston Bledman will receive their 4x100m relay gold.


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