Having been dealt an almighty bloody nose by the BPC Buccaneers, losing 65-12 in what should have been a much closer battle, the pundits would have probably been favouring the in-form Queensgate Pigs Trotters to compound the Iguana misery in the 2pm fixture last Saturday.
The Pigs Trotters were coming off a hard fought win over the current champions the DHL Storm 12-7 and it could have been two wins in as many weeks for the Pigs were it not for the Iguana tacticians correcting their mistakes from the week before.
With equally matched packs in terms of weight and size the Iguanas knew that the key to the win was to beat the Pigs Trotters with fitness… no small feat considering the scorching heat and dry, hard playing surface.
If the Iguanas forwards could secure more possession and starve the Pigs danger men like Nantes Booysen and David Burton of any meaningful ball, and should the Iguana backline sew up the defensive holes that were so easily exploited by the Buccaneers the week before, then this match could see a resurgent Don Foster’s side.
The highlight for the spectators however was a spectacular and unexpected try from new Iguana Nick Quin who had been sidelined for the bulk of the season through injury but was a late addition to the Iguana starting line-up in place of the injured Chris Bunce.
The Iguanas marched up field on numerous occasions to then dish the ball out wide for an eager back line with Johnny Doak getting the first points on the Board for the Iguanas. Indeed the Iguanas mounted a series of unanswered points through Tom Kimball, Shane Aquart and Captain Peter de Vere.
With a series of handling errors cause by the mounting pressure from the Iguana back line, Quin was given the sneaky opportunity to kick the loose ball away from the struggling Pigs Trotters to then run through 30 yards, collect the bouncing ball and dive under the posts for a well earned and well worked try on his Iguana debut. At the final whistle the Iguanas had won 33-15.
In the later, but by no means cooler encounter of the day the Heineken Surge took on the DHL Storm looking to embarrass their older and more experienced foes for a second time this season… and it was almost a tale of what could have been thanks in no small part from the play of West Indies 7s hopefuls Michael Wilson and Joel Clarke who showed moments of absolute brilliance with boot and hand to put points on the board. It was however the Storm size who bullied the Surge into submission after 80 minutes.
Whilst it is usually the Storm’s speed out wide which is the undoing of most opposition sides due to pace-men Phil O’Connor and Keswick Wright the Storm instead resorted to blunt force trauma in the form of Barnaby Richardson and Bluey Hannon.
The final score of 37-24 gave no reflection on the quality and pace of the game but the Surge players did themselves justice in scoring four tries against much bigger opposition to earn an important bonus point.