The Bahamas Rugby and Football Union continued with the second week of action in New Providence and Grand Bahama on Saturday in the Stella Artois League.
One match was played in Grand Bahama with the Baillou Rugby Club beating the Freeport Rugby Club 20-13.

Meanwhile Saturday rugby action at the Winton Rugby field saw the Buccaneers Rugby Club defeat the Cuckoos A Rugby Club, 12-5.

This season, the BRFU will be experimenting with a points system that is being used prominently in European rugby.

The system has proven to be highly effective in encouraging efforts for tries rather than settling for kicks. The system also provides a points incentive for losing teams to keep playing hard right up to the final whistle.

In the points system a team gets three points for a win. Teams will also receive one point apiece for a tie, scoring four tries or more in one game and for losing by seven points or less.

This points system will be used in all Stella Artois League matches and Nassau Cup League matches except for those games involving Cuckoos B team, as this team is a developmental side.

As result, Baillou won three points for the victory while Freeport won one point for losing by less than seven points.

The Buccaneers won three points for the win while the Cuckoos A team won one point.

The season started the week previous. One match was played in the Stella Artois League with the Baillou Rugby Club winning 27-23 over the Cuckoos A Rugby Club.

In the Nassau Cup League, the Buccaneers Rugby Club blanked the Cuckoos B Rugby Club, 49-0.

The standings for the Stella Artois League are as follows: Baillou is in first place with six points, registering two wins and no losses; the Buccaneers team is second with three points with one win in as many games; while the Cuckoos A team is third with two points, having two losses in as many games; and Freeport is fourth with one point, losing one game in as many matches.

The standings in the Nassau Cup League are as follows: The Buccaneers Club is in first place with three points, registering one win in as many games; and the Cuckoos B team is second with no points, losing one game. Meanwhile Baillou and the Cuckoos A team have not played yet.

In related rugby news, three Bahamian players were considered for the West Indies 7s squad. They are Jeremico Cooper, Duran Beadle and Dan Woodside. The players performed well at last weeks North America and West Indies Rugby Associations (NAWIRA) Digicel Sevens Competition held in Barbados. The Bahamas finished second in the Plate Finals.

However Woodside was recently invited to play for the West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago on December 2 and 3.

According to Sevens National Coach, Andrew Davies, “This is a tremendous achievement and one which we all applaud. If he does well in this one he will be selected to the West Indies side at the IRB Sevens in San Diego.

“We are informed that his accommodation and expenses are covered for the duration of his stay in Trinidad. Now he needs $1,000 to fly him from the UK for the tournament. “

In the summer, Androsian Woodside accepted the opportunity from the BRFU to play for a leading rugby club, the Luctonians, in England. Since then Woodside has been excelling in the sport and representing The Bahamas well.