In yet another epic battle at the South Sound Rugby Pitch the Don Foster’s Iguanas took on the DHL Storm for the second time this season with both teams looking for a slim chance of securing second place in the Alex Alexander Cup league competition.
Saturday’s game saw both the Iguanas and the Storm playing their last game of the regular season before the Waterford Trophy knock-out competition begins at the end of the month.
In their previous encounter this season the DHL Storm were the dominant team and secured an emphatic 28 – 5 win over the Iguanas, however Iguana’s leaders had been working hard in the build up to this meeting to ensure that there was not a repeat performance and that with a win the Iguanas would end the regular season with 4 wins and 4 losses.
The game started with the Iguanas hammering away at the Storm with alacrity. The men in yellow were clearly unprepared for the wave after wave of navy blue attackers who were camped out in the DHL half for the bulk of the opening exchanges.
Indeed it was probably 10 minutes into the game before the Storm were able to gain any possession of the ball and even then the Iguana defence ensured they were unable to do anything with the little possession that they were afforded.
Eventually the Iguanas were able to put points on the board through a well worked Brian Lee try at outside centre but due to poor kicking on the day which had already caused two missed penalty kicks and a conversion the Iguanas were not sitting on as big a lead as they had hoped for.
Even with the Iguanas earning the first points the DHL Storm were certainly not out for the count and came back hard. Iguanas ended the first half with a slim 10-8 lead.
As ever the Storm were left relying on the individual performances of try machine Scott Forrest and tackle maker Bluey Hannon to keep them in contention.
The Storm scrum looked weak and their ability to retain the ball at the breakdown was poor, as a result the Storm gave many kickable penalties to the Iguanas which the men in navy blue were left rueing they could not convert!
The second half was yet again more blistering rugby with powerful runs from the Iguanas who were however starting to show some defensive cracks on the counter attack.
The lead changed hands twice and yet again thanks to the little dynamo that is Scott Forrest, the Storm were able to secure a narrow 22-16 win with a quickly taken penalty to score in the corner and a well taken penalty kick which were all added to Forrest’s already impressive points tally.
The Iguanas were left counting the many missed opportunities they had to seal the win and the Storm were left counting the damage from what may appear to be a pyrrhic victory having seen Tim Rossiter leave the pitch with a broken wrist and Bluey Hannon needing his ear to be stitched back together.
The Storm can only hope that they can piece back together their already weakened team with Keswick Wright sidelined with a hamstring injury and with Storm MVP Scott Forrest leaving the Island to return to Canada.
The next game at the South Sound pitch will see the BPC Buccaneers looking to regain first place from the DHL Storm with a win over the young Heineken Surge who are due to return from their national duties in Kenya this week. A win for the Buccaneers will see them take the coveted Alex Alexander Cup trophy for 2009. Kick off is at 4pm tomorrow at the South Sound Rugby Ground.