Legendary comeback

The BrightStaff Alex Alexander competition continued on 7 February with one of two winless teams set to walk away with a first win of the season.

Even though the Don Foster’s Dive Iguanas came into the season as one of the favourites, the team had not had the best start to its season. In the opening game of the season, the team was convincingly beaten by the defending champion DHL Cayman Storm. This was followed up by a surprise defeat at the hands of the young Heineken Cayman Surge team. This left the perennial contenders with two losses from two starts and languishing in the lower half of the standings. The games had also taken their toll on the team physically with a number of key players nursing injuries.

Although they did not share the Iguanas’ fate as far as injuries were concerned, the BPC Buccaneers had also gone down to the Storm and was therefore still chasing a win. The team was confident that they could overcome a struggling Iguanas side.

From the very start of the game, it seemed this confidence was well founded, as the Buccaneers took control of the game. Buccaneers scrum half Sam Sage and fly half John Murphy piled on the pressure, resulting in a number of handling errors on the part of the Iguanas. The Buccaneers managed to turn these opportunities into points, surging ahead while keeping the Iguanas from scoring. At the half the score was 21-0 in favour of the Buccaneers, with the Iguanas left wondering what they had to do to get into the game.

With the wind now at their backs, the Iguanas suddenly displayed renewed vigour, playing a tight game and keeping the ball with the forwards. Back rowers Tom Kimball and Andre Ormond launched some strong runs, with Ben McDonald and Clive Montooth lending ample support. Solid supporting play from the rest of the forwards ensured that the Iguanas retained possession and could recycle the ball.

Retaining the ball through a number of phases allowed the Iguanas to creep up on the Buccaneers’ try line, with Shane Aquart being the first to dive through the centre of a maul to score a try and start the comeback for the Iguanas. Marcus Cumber kicked a flawless conversion and the chase was on.

As the men in blue got the chase under way, they were cheered on by the crowd, with one section even launching into a rousing rendition of La Marseillaise in order to cheer on ‘Les Blues’.

Even though the Iguanas stuck to pretty much the same game plan throughout the rest of the half, it kept on paying dividends, as front rankers Peter de Vere, Ben McDonald and Clive Montooth all managed to cross the line for the Iguanas. Cumber kept up his impeccable kicking as the Iguanas moved into the lead for the first time in the day. In spite of some solid runs by the Buccaneers, the Iguanas managed to shut them out completely in the second half, and at the final whistle the Iguanas could celebrate a legendary comeback and a 28-21 victory.

The next round of play kicks off at 2:00pm on Saturday 14 February, with the undefeated DHL Cayman Storm taking on the Queensgate Pigs Trotters, who will be playing their first game of the season.

The still winless BPC Buccaneers will chase that elusive win when they take on the Heineken Cayman Surge at 4:00pm.