Storm soars, Surge falters

There was no love lost on Valentine’s Day in the BrightStaff Alex Alexander Memorial Premiership.

In the first game of the day, the Queensgate Pigs Trotters made their season debut against the DHL Cayman Storm.

Although the Trotters looked promising, the Storm soon asserted its dominance. After 20 minutes of play there seemed to be little doubt that the Storm would add yet another scalp to their collection at the end of the game.

The Trotters would not go down quietly, as they scored a total of four tries, one conversion and a penalty. Unfortunately for the Trotters a lapse in concentration allowed the Storm to score 17 unanswered points, making the task for the Trotters almost impossible.

On its part the Storm scored five tries, three conversions and a penalty.

Scott Forest featured prominently for the Storm, as did Keswick Wright, who showed some blistering acceleration as he proved instrumental in creating scoring opportunities for the Storm.

At the final whistle, the Storm remained undefeated, claiming 34-25 win.

The second game of the day featured the BPC Buccaneers and the Heineken Cayman Surge.

The Surge looked set to have their work cut out against a powerful Bucs side. Without the services of Garrett Conolly in the lineout the team failed to secure good lineout possession. The stronger Bucs pack also drove the Surge back on their own scrums, starving the backs of quality possession.

The Surge backline also struggled on defence as Buccaneers fullback James Alt took every opportunity to come into the backline on attack. Outnumbered, the Surge backline found itself overstretched in defence, with centres Michael Manderson and Taylor Wight unable to fend off the Bucs. This was quickly exploited as the Bucs scored six tries and claimed a runaway 39-8 victory.

This weekend will see the Trotters take on the Iguanas at 2:00pm, while the Surge face the massive task of toppling the Storm at 4:00pm.