The Queensgate Pigs Trotters extended
their winning streak to three games by ending the Don Fosters Dive Iguanas
strong run of form with a resounding 33-17 win to end a weekend of fast paced
rugby action on Saturday.
The win for the Pigs Trotters means
that they, like the Iguanas, share top spot on the league table going into week
5 of the PSM AA Cup and in a 6 week long regular season things are coming together
for an exciting finale.
Earlier in the day the DHL Cayman
Storm completed their third win over the BPC Buccaneers since the turn of the
year, and second of the 2010 Alex Alexander Championship campaign.
A win looked on the cards from as
early as the fifth minute with the familiar sight of the flying Fijian No.8 Raqtoi,
finding a gap in the Buccaneer defence and then sprinting 40 yards for the try.
However, the game turned midway
through the first half when minutes after the Buccaneers had drawn level with a
try of their own; Storm scrum half Ross Connerton had to leave the field with
an ankle injury.
This key loss threw the Storm off
their game plan and within minutes the Buccaneers had pulled out a 17 – 7 lead.
However, stand in scrum half and captain Carey Tasker rallied his troops, and
the DHL Storm slowly got back into their rhythm.
Tries from centre, Phil O’Connor, a
second from Raqtoi and a conversion by Josh Brown saw the DHL Storm go in at
half time with a 19-17 lead.
The second half saw the DHL Cayman
Storm assert their dominance over the tiring Buccaneers.
A Josh Brown try followed by two
penalties from the Storm fly half put them into a commanding lead.
The DHL Storm’s new second row
partnership of Jim Johnson and Leon Brown were working well in both set pieces
and in open play and Cayman Brac resident Brown scored his first try for his
new team late in the second half. Raqtoi rounded off his hat-trick of
tries as time ran out. DHL Storm won 44-20.
In the match between Don Foster’s
Dive Iguanas and Queensgate Pigs Trotters
it was an almost complete reversal of the opening game of the 2010 PSM AA Cup
season where the Iguanas started their unbeaten run against the Trotters.
The Iguanas were buoyed with the knowledge
that a second win over the Pigs and a fourth straight win of the season could
put them almost out of reach for all the other teams and all but hand the team
the AA Cup trophy for 2010. However, with a no fear attitude it was the Pigs
who yet again came out guns blazing and scored first.
The Iguanas may have gone into the
second half with a slender two point lead but this was a team which seemed a
shadow of itself… a two week rest and a helping of complacency clearly doing
the Iguanas no favours on the field.
There was little of the attacking
flair which had seen them put three tries past the DHL Storm and virtually no
defensive passion which had seen them shut out the Buccaneers.
Instead the Trotters time and time
again drove the Iguanas off the ball and provided their own star Mike Wilson
the room to run through the Iguanas defensive line virtually unscathed.
A stellar forward pack performance
from the Pigs trotters allowed so far unseen talents like Gwyn Richards and local
boy Arley Chisholm put tries under the posts for the Pigs but it was captain
and fly half Ed Hayward who recorded an impressive haul of 18 points against
the Iguanas that raised most eyebrows!
The final score line almost
flattered a dull Iguana performance but did not dampen the Pigs Trotters
spirits who thoroughly deserved the win which saw a second half tally of 21
points to a pithy Iguana three points to take the match 33-17.
The Iguanas, must now refocus with
a second win of the season over the BPC Buccaneers all the while hoping that a
resurgent DHL Storm side will stop the Queensgate Pigs Trotters win streak.