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Benzwick proud despite Lady Crocs' losses

Published:Friday | April 7, 2017 | 4:00 AMRachid Parchment
Jamaica's Lady Crocs Rugby Union team.
Jamaica Rugby Football Union chairman Jerry Benzwick.
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Jamaica Rugby Football Union (JRFU) chairman Jerry Benzwick said that he is proud of the Lady Crocs performance despite losses in all three of their matches in the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens Tournament.

The Jamaicans went down 54-0 to Japan late on Wednesday night (Jamaica time), before a 68-0 loss to China. They would then return to give a more creditable performance early Thursday morning (Jamaica time) but still lost 22-7 to The Netherlands, with their only try coming from Dae-Marie Whyte.

However, Benzwick said he found positives in the performances as the team is new to, and unfamiliar with the competition and said that there are things to build on ahead of Rugby World Cup Qualifiers in November.

GIRLS FLUSTERED

"In the game against Japan, we were basically static," he said. "We didn't get the ball moving around and we didn't have any patience, so the girls were flustered. China were an even better team than Japan and they gave us a pretty decent lesson in how sevens can be played at any level.

"But we have learnt a lot from this and put up a pretty decent showing against The Netherlands, a better game, a few breakdowns here and there and we came away with a decent try.

Benzwick describes the Lady Crocs' experience in Hong Kong as a challenge because of what he describes as "a high level playing game".

"We have now come to understand how much work we need to do to get ourselves to that level. They now understand what needs to be done - that there's more that the body needs to be put through, and our technique, our style of play needs to be defined."

The JRFU will now turn its attention to the men's campaign as the Crocs are in action this morning (Jamaica time), first facing Germany, then Tonga, then Uganda at 9:44 this evening.