The DHL Cayman Storm continued a rich vein of form in overcoming the John Doak Architecture Iguanas on Saturday. In a reversal of fortune for the Iguanas who defeated the Krys Global Buccaneers in the Heineken Charity Shield match only the week before the Iguanas, fielding a makeshift back row and a shoestring reserves bench took on a Storm team who had convincingly beaten the Queensgate Pigs Trotters in the Heineken Wooden Spoon match and as usual had a full complement of replacements.
Whilst the mercurial Vanassio Tokotokovanua and Keswick Wright found no joy against another dogged performance by the Iguana backline it was the Iguana forwards who faltered at the starting blocks and allowed a waterfall of points for the DHL Storm.
Claudio Sarfati found his way to the Iguana try line twice, closely followed by James Buckley as the Storm looked to run away with the game but the Iguanas, not ready to lie-down against a mounting points tally put on a comeback chase that looked to have earned the Iguanas a bonus point before Michael Sumares kicked final points of the game and ring in a 35-25 win for his team.
The Iguanas, going into the half time break 20 points adrift of their competitors inched their way back from the brink with Tom Mann and Peter de Vere scores but rued a disallowed Ben McDonald try and with Adam Keenan being stripped of the ball just short of the Storm try line the Storm survived a nervy 2nd half to win the opening game of the Alex Alexander Memorial Trophy season.
In the second game the Krys Global Buccaneers faced a Queensgate Pigs Trotters side looking to build on the previous week’s strong opening performance against the DHL Storm but again the inability to finish long phases of forward play let down the men in red as the Buccaneers beat the Pigs Trotters 33-12.
The Buccaneers, buoyed by the introduction of William Hayward who was 100 per cent with the boot and Ronan McCarthy, who also found his way on to the score sheet looked to have fully recovered from their Heineken Shield loss and with John Murphy and Sebastien Legras also making their way to the try line Cayman rugby fans should have much to look forward to when the Buccaneers take on the Cayman Storm this weekend.
The Pigs Trotters will be pleased with their ability to put points on the board thanks in no small part to the introduction of Marco du Plessis to their ranks but their defensive holes will need to be sewn up before taking on the Iguanas in round 2.
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