Head coach pleased with Reggae Warriors display in loss to England

By October 21, 2019

Despite going down to the world-number-two British Knight’s, Reggae Warriors head coach Romeo Monteith said he was pleased with the manner in which the team played against their Tier-1 opponents.

Jamaica was defeated 38-6 in their historic encounter at Headingley but showed that they will be a team to be reckoned with when they suit up for the Rugby League World Cup in 2021.

Jamaica trailed 28-0 at the interval before rousing themselves in the second half.

England winger Greg Minikin scored a hat-trick and Tom Lineham and Toby King also scored as Jamaica trailed 28-0 at the break.

Jamaica staged a rally at the resumption and it needed tries from Lineham and Joe Greenwood to prevent Jamaica from outscoring their hosts in the second half.

Monteith said the performance will serve as an inspiration to the players back home.

“Realistically, we know we can't throw 10 domestic guys in to play against professionals, but we want kids in Kingston and Saint Catherine to be inspired by players they identify with from the island,” he said.

“We will give our domestic players the same chance as our heritage players because come the World Cup in 2021, they will be starting games for us - that's a commitment we have to our members. Today was the beginning of that and I'm really pleased with the outcome.”


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