Two tough games produced unexpected results and shook up the league standings in the BrightStaff Alex Alexander Premiership last Saturday.
In the first game of the day the Heineken Cayman Surge took on the Don Fosters Dive Iguanas. The Surge, fresh from a recent visit to Ft. Lauderdale and some very hard games against a couple of the best Premiership teams in the United States, looked to be the favourites against an Iguanas team that seemed to be struggling to find rhythm.
The Surge had emerged victorious from the teams’ previous encounter and had every intention of repeating.
The Iguanas had other intentions, with a modified game plan that involved their bigger and more powerful forwards keeping the ball tight and starving the dangerous Surge backs of possession.
The game plan seemed to pay off as the Iguanas managed to drive up the field with wave after wave of forward-driven play.
The frustration soon told on the Surge players, with two being sin-binned for repeated infringements as they did everything in their power to get hold of the ball.
The loss of Arley Chisholm in the front row of the Surge meant the scrums from there on in would be uncontested, which limited the Iguanas somewhat in their attacking options, as the team had been intent on turning over possession as often as possible on Surge scrums.
Michael Wilson managed to salvage some pride for the Surge with a quickly-taken penalty resulting in a try, but it was too little too late as the Iguanas took a well deserved 27-7 victory.
The second game of the afternoon pitted the league-leading DHL Cayman Storm against the up and coming BPC Buccaneers.
After an unexpected loss to the Surge, the Storm looked vulnerable for the first time this season, while the impressive fashion in which the Bucs had subdued the Queensgate Pigs Trotters in their previous encounter showed that they would be a team to watch.
With the two packs quite equally matched, on paper at least, it seemed that it would be a battle of the backs that would decide the outcome of the encounter.
The two teams fought tooth and nail, with hard tackles the order of the day.
With solid defence from both teams, it took a while for the scoreboard to start ticking. The Storm seemed to have a tough time finding the right combination on the field as the team tried a number of substitutions.
On the other hand, the Bucs could rely on the tried and true combination of Sean Murphy and John Murphy to put points on the board.
With the Storm failing to find some rhythm it was another solid win for the Bucs who claimed it 25-5.
The win dislodged the Storm from the top of the league table, a position the team had occupied since the very first game of the season.
With the top three teams in the standings separated by only four points, everything is still up for grabs.
This Saturday will see the Queensgate Pigs Trotters take on the Heineken Cayman Surge at 2pm in the first encounter for these two teams.
Both languish at the bottom of the league standings at present, but with fewer games contested than the top three teams.
At 4pm the Don Fosters Dive Iguanas will take on the BPC Buccaneers in what promises to be a very hard-fought encounter. Both teams claimed victories in their previous outings, and lie in third and first on the log respectively.
In the previous encounter between the two teams the Iguanas served up one of the most amazing come from behind victories in the history of the competition as the team took the win 28-21 after being 0-21 down at half time. However, the win was disallowed and handed to the Bucs after it emerged that the Iguanas had fielded an ineligible player.
As if this is not enough to have the teams all fired up for the game, the league lead is also at stake, as a win and a bonus point could bump the Iguanas up to the top of the table.