In week 2 of the Alex Alexander Memorial Trophy the John Doak Architecture Iguanas, coming off defeats to the DHL Storm in the Heineken Shield and the Krys Global Buccaneers in week one of the Cup, bounced back to a resounding win against the Queensgate Pigs Trotters.
The Pigs, having fielded a weakened side against the DHL Storm in week 1 had hoped that with the return of a host of players, most notably their captain Doug Anderson, their luck would change for the better against the stuttering Iguanas.
Don Foster’s Dive Iguanas were rampant in attack thanks to the addition of Ettiene Duvenage at fly half and the return of Adam Keenan who had missed the previous games through injury.
As the points mounted against them the Pigs become more resolute and they scored when young Paul Westin intercepted a Steve Brougham pass from the back of a ruck to run 30 yards into the Iguana 22. The Jeremy Channon cover tackle was adjudged to be high and a penalty try was awarded to the Pigs Trotters.
With the large lead, the Iguanas were able to use their complement of substitutes to give all their players time on the field whilst the Pigs, with an ever increasing injured list could do little but battle it out for 80 minutes, making do with limited manpower. Don Foster’s Dive Iguanas won 67-7.
In the highlight of the day the Krys Global Buccaneers took on the DHL Storm in what promised to be a fiery, high paced affair. The pundits looked to the Buccaneers’ polished performance against the Iguanas the week previous as an omen that they would stop the Storm advancement but with the Buccaneer talisman, John Murphy sidelined through back injury, the Buccaneer back line was missing one of its most potent attacking weapons.
The Buccaneers scored first early on in the encounter and most expected the momentum to continue in favour of the Krys Global players but continued disruption around the field especially in the lineout put pressure on the Buccaneer backs. In order to relieve the incessant pressure from Storm, the Buccaneers chose kick the ball away, only to put it directly in the hands of Storm danger men Keswick Wright and Venassio Tokotokovanua who proved once more hard to stop on the counter attack.
The plethora of counter attack ball plus the numerous infringements by the Buccaneer pack allowed a host of quick tap penalties which lead to 51 unanswered points from the DHL Storm. The final score was DHL Storm 51-5 Krys Global Buccaneers.
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