The BPC Buccaneers took on the Queensgate Pig Trotters looking to consolidate their place at the top of the AA Cup league table on Saturday.
The Buccs went into the game as heavy favourites at the South Sound Rugby Club.
They were facing a Pigs side still stinging from a hard loss to the Don Foster’s Iguanas only the weekend previous. However the Pigs Trotters were buoyed by the return to the line up of powerful no.8 Johann Louw.
The game started with both sides eager to take the early lead but the Buccs were able to dig themselves out of some early pressure and polished off a very nice set piece try to open the scoring.
However, the resilient Pigs didn’t fold to the early setback and quick thinking from the fiery Pigs centre Angus Dacker meant that a kick into space allowed the young and powerful South African Nantes Booysen to get the Pigs on the scoreboard.
Entering into the second half the narrow Pigs lead of 7-5 was erased as Buccs flyhalf James Brendling again found space in the Pigs backline to score his second try of the game.
The Pigs were guilty of over exuberance having committed too many players at the breakdown which provided the Buccs with another easy score out wide.
Order seemed to have been restored.
The Buccs held their lead well into the second half before another well placed kick allowed the Pigs to score their second try of the game thanks to a clever finish from Nick Gale.
The try signalled a change in momentum and in a matter of minutes what had been a five point Pigs deficit turned into a 15 point winning margin thanks to a couple of Dave Burton tries along with a well executed penalty kick.
The Pigs forward pack, (which still looks to be a rag tag collection of individuals without old warhorse Andre Dons in the line up) contained a host of unsung heroes…
With captain Ed Hayward moving from flyhalf to take on the injured Doug Anderson’s lineout role, and fill that role surprisingly well was key in the 27-12 victory for the Buccs.