Iguanas battle through Storm

For the first time in three years
the Don Foster’s Dive Iguanas have added to their long history of Cayman rugby
accolades and in doing so have earned their spot in the Waterford Vase competition
final. 

The PSM AA Cup league which was not
decided until the final game of the competition will go down in the books as
not only one of the most exciting and closest run but as yet again being brim
full of some of the best rugby seen on these shores.

On Saturday the rugby action
started in the midday blistering heat with the BPC Buccaneers taking on the
Queensgate Pigs Trotters.

The Buccaneers who were on a six
game losing streak were not playing for a chance to get to the Waterford Trophy
knock out stages but were rather playing for pride whilst the Pigs Trotters, in
joint second place with the DHL Storm on 15 league points were hopeful that a
bonus point win would mean 20 league points and a low scoring win for the DHL
Storm over the Iguanas would mean a league title.

The game saw the Buccaneers
fielding a full side for the first time since their Charity Shield loss to the
DHL Storm and with local boy Joel Clark being added to the line-up the Buccs
were brimming in confidence that their extra numbers would translate in a win. 

It seemed thanks only to sheer will
power that the Buccaneers were able to score first as neither team could break
their oppositions defence.

It was Ben Blair, the Buccaneer no.
8 who broke the deadlock for a lead that they had earned once before against
the Pigs this season but were previously unable to maintain.

The Buccaneers were able to score
again through Joel Clark and convert thanks to John Murphy but the game almost
unravelled late in the second half when the Pigs Trotters mounted a final charge
to score their first points of the game.

Buccaneer captain Mick Kehoe was
able to get his troops to maintain their defensive passion to wind down the
clock and end the game as winners to win 12-5.

The final game and the decider of
the 2010 PSM AA Cup did not disappoint the fans in attendance at the South
Sound Rugby field. The Game was a must win for either team although there was a
small mathematical chance that the Iguanas could take home the trophy if they
lost yet managed to get enough bonus points.

Regardless of any eventualities
that may have occurred during the game the Iguanas were in determined mood to
avenge their 2009 season in which they were defeated comprehensively twice by
the Storm.

The DHL Cayman Storm, having beaten
the Pigs Trotters and the Buccaneers in previous weeks by large scores were
confident at kick off.

The men in yellow also came into
the game with several players returning from long lay offs. Venasio
Tokatokavanua, returning from an ankle injury, stepped in to start the game at
scrum half, a position where the Storm had lost a host of players during the
season.

However misfortune was to strike
again for Venasio when after only two minutes he was knocked out cold in an
accidental collision with an Iguana player and had to be taken to hospital.

The shock loss of Tokotokovanua was
a huge blow to the DHL Storm, however the players bounced back well and by half
time Fijian scoring sensation Raqtoi had scored two tries, one converted by fly
half Michael Sumares.

More misfortune was to strike the
Storm when full back and now replacement scrum half, PJ Cavanagh left the field
on the stroke of half time with a nasty cut to his face and followed Venasio to
hospital for stitches.

The game saw the return to action
and first start in the AA cup for scrum half Scott Forrest and centre, Hugh
‘Willo’ Williams, the later scoring the Storm’s last minute fourth try of the
day ensuring a runners up position. 

Also Raqtoi scored three tries
which means he has recorded at least a hat-trick of tries in every AA Cup game
he has played in this season – quite a feat. 

The Storm squad – who lost 33-27 – will
dust themselves down and welcome back more returning injured players when they
face The Pigs Trotters in the Waterford Vase on the 10 April.

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