In the decider to see which team
would face the Don Foster’s Dive Iguanas in the Waterford Trophy final on
Saturday at the South Sound Rugby Ground, it was the DHL Storm who came out on
top after a tough and fast match.
The Queensgate Pigs Trotters were
licking their lips at the chance to avenge their hammering last month to DHL
Storm and more importantly, in doing so move to the Waterford Trophy final as
the only team who have managed to beat the Iguanas so far this season. Instead
it is the Storm who will be hoping it is third time lucky as they face a very
solid and well drilled Iguana side.
Whilst the score line was heavily
in favour of the Storm, the Pigs Trotters were unlucky to not be more in
control of proceedings throughout the 80 minutes of play.
The Pigs were ultimately let down
by the unusually wayward boot of Michael Wilson who missed a string of kicks
which would have kept his team in contention.
The DHL Storm were buoyed by the
absence of Doug Anderson, who as the Pigs Trotters lineout specialist would
have no doubt provided ample ball for his team mates but instead left the Storm
able to compete in a facet of the game which they have struggled all season.
The Pigs Trotters were further let
down by the niggling back injury of loose head prop Nick Greaves who became
little more than the walking wounded as the game progressed.
With no support from the Pigs
Trotters substitute bench and a worry that the departure of Greaves would leave
no option other than to move to uncontested scrums.
The onlookers were amazed that
Greaves played on for the remainder of the game despite his clear discomfort.
The DHL Storm, fielding an experimental
side, saw the return of captain Keswick Wright for the first time this season
but Wright’s triumphant return to the field was overshadowed by the solid performance
of Kenrick ‘Baron’ Solomon who managed to score two tries on the wing.
Solomon was replaced by Hugh
‘Willo’ Williams late in the game having injured his ankle in scoring his
second try but he was able to fill the shoes of his injured team mate and also
score out wide.
Try machine Raqtoi finished with a
flourish for the Pigs Trotters when a good build was intercepted out wide by
the Fijian who was able to canter the entire length of the field to score the
final try of the day. DHL Storm won 31-8.
The next match is the Waterford
Trophy final is on 17 April at 4pm. Don Foster’s Dive Iguanas against DHL
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