It was another successful weekend for the
Iguanas as they kept their unblemished record in the Alex Alexander Cup.
The team made it two wins out of two games
with a shutout 34-0 victory over the BPC Buccaneers on Saturday 13 February.
The game, which kicked off slightly later than scheduled, saw the Buccaneers
fielding an undermanned squad due to numerous long term injuries and absences
from Island. Regardless, the 2009 AA Cup and Waterford Trophy champions played
a tough game and never gave the Iguanas any real let up.
The Iguanas extra advantage was tested in
the opening exchanges as their winger Geoff Johnson was taken off injured with
what later turned out to be a fractured wrist.
The Buccaneers soon saw that the Iguana weakness
was at full back as preferred starting player Bryan Little was absent from the
field. As a result the Buccaneers chose to kick down field to a team with
superior numbers knowing that the Iguana counter-attack would be seriously
The plan worked in keeping the Iguana back
line away from the Buccaneer try area time and time again and the game soon
turned to a battle of attrition which the Iguanas won thanks to their superior
Indeed the Iguanas were a little
disappointed after the final whistle that their game long two man advantage
only being translated to 34 points on the board. The flip side was that it was
easier to keep the Buccaneers away from the Iguana try line. When asked for
comment the Iguana Captain Peter de Vere said “A win is a win but obviously the
Iguana attack is a work in progress… I think our defence is getting better also
so we’re on track for a very good season but obviously we’d like to have been a
bit more ruthless in attack on Saturday… when you have a two man advantage for
80 minutes you really should have more to show for it that 34 points! I think
all credit has to go to the Buccaneers for not making it easy for us.”
The second scheduled game of the day
between the Queensgate Pigs Trotters and the DHL Storm was forfeited by the
Storm who are still reeling from their pre season tour injuries which are
threatening to all but ruin their domestic season.