The Krys Global Buccaneers earned a spot in the Waterford Trophy final with a thrilling win over the DHL Storm.
Having finished in third place in the Alex Alexander Memorial Cup season the DHL Storm were looking to bounce back in the knockout cup competition and a chance of earning a second trophy this season.
It wasn’t to be however and the DHL Storm’s season fizzled out for the team touted by many as favourites to win a first ever treble after having dismantled the John Doak Architecture Iguanas in the Heineken Charity Shield match early in the season.
The Storm controlled proceedings for the first 20 minutes of the game and kept the Buccaneers pinned into their own half of the field.
The early hard work paid off with the Storm scoring first but the Buccaneers shrugged off the early big match jitters and ended an error strewn first quarter by marching up the field and scoring in the corner through former Buccaneer captain Mick Kehoe.
The try was unconverted and lead to a spell of missed kicks for the Buccaneers which handed the Storm a life line as their control of the ball was being increasingly taken away by the Buccaneer pack who were dominating the lineout and scrum.
As the clock ticked down the match heated up. A further unconverted DHL Storm try and penalty gave the Storm a slender lead for the second time in the game with only seven minutes left.
Yet again however, the calm Buccaneers moved up field to allow kicker Morgan Hayward to end his kicking woes. A well placed penalty kick took back the lead and with a Sam Sage try the game was won by the Buccaneers 24-15.
The Buccaneers now face the 2011 League champions the John Doak Architecture Iguanas on Saturday at 4pm and look to end the Iguana dreams of winning their first ever double.
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