After action in week 4 of the PSM AA cup which saw the Don Foster’s
Dive Iguanas knocked off their perch for the first time this season, interests
peaked in week 5 wondering which teams would make that final charge for the
trophy and who would sadly be left out of the running.
The first match saw the DHL Storm
taking on the Queensgate Pigs Trotters. Both teams were coming off wins in week
The Pigs Trotters had toppled match
favourites the Don Foster’s Dive Iguanas whilst DHL Storm had a harder time
seeing off a BPC Buccaneers side which had, for the first time this season
fielded a 15-man team!
The DHL Storm were in determined mood
against the Pigs Trotters. In week 2 Storm failed to field a team due to
injuries and had to forfeit the game to the Pigs, however this time around Storm
were out to prove a point.
Within five minutes of the start,
DHL Storm centre Michael Sumares thought he had scored only for referee, Craig
Scott to disallow the try due to a forward pass. However, within minutes Sumares
would get on the score sheet. Following a nice move across the backs Phil
O’Connor handed off to Sumares who broke two tackles to get the first points on
Josh Brown stepped up with the
conversion and DHL Storm were on their way.
Fijian try machine, No.8 Raqtoi was
next to score, picking up from the back of the scrum and racing 30 yards.
Michael Sumares then scored a
second try as Storm started to assert their dominance.
In the second half The DHL Cayman
Storm ran away with the game.
Three more tries for Raqtoi, and a
fine try by lock Jeff Robinson had Storm in a commanding 47-13 lead going into
the final minutes.
The Pigs Trotters never gave up by
near the end Baron Solomon ran half the length of the pitch to score his first
try for Storm. It ended 52-13.
The second game saw the 2009 AA Cup
champions, the BPC Buccaneers take on the Don Foster’s Dive Iguanas.
The Iguanas were still reeling from
their shock loss to the Queensgate Pigs Trotters in a result which seriously
threatened to jeopardise their firm grasp on their first trophy in three years,
whilst the Buccaneers were attempting to avoid an unprecedented six game losing
The Buccaneers were once again
undermanned with lock, Matthew Shanks and scrumhalf Sam Sage injured plus the
absence of AJ Carmen meant the Buccs could once more only field a 12-man squad.
The Iguanas having extra numbers
was nothing new to the Buccaneers who faced the same predicament against the
Don Foster’s side in mid February.
In that game the Iguanas routed the
Buccaneers 34-0. This game however the Buccaneers were more determined to put
points on the board and giave the Iguanas as hard a time as they had given the
Pigs Trotters and Storm in earlier games of the season where the Buccs had even
taken the lead against their stronger opposition.
The Iguanas, with firm game plan in
hand were undone not once but twice by the strong running of Buccaneers newcomer
Sean Van Coller who was able to cut his way through.
The Buccaneers showed their
adeptness to play quick rugby against opposition with superior numbers and have
made it almost an art form. The Iguanas worked on getting their phase play into
action to run out 37-17 winners.
The win however put the Iguanas
back in top spot of the league but the shock loss to the Pigs and the inability
to earn a bonus point in their win against the DHL Storm has given both the
Storm and the Pigs Trotters hope that a win in the final games on the regular
season will mean they, and not the Iguanas could take home some silverware in
The next round of the PSM Security
AA Cup games are on Friday 26 March at 5.15pm between the Queensgate Pigs Trotters
and the BPC Buccaneers and the next day at 2.30pm between DHL Cayman Storm and
Don Foster’s Dive Iguanas.