The Alex Alexander Memorial season came to a fitting end with the DHL Cayman Storm raising the Alex Alexander Memorial Trophy for the first time since 2008.
Since that time the John Doak Architecture Iguanas have held a firm grip on it and the Iguanas certainly did not concede the trophy without a fight. T
The Iguanas, riddled with absences and injuries, could only field a 12 man team on the 18 February and the three man advantage should have meant an easy ride to the trophy for the Storm.
Instead, and as if possessed by the Spartan army, the Iguanas controlled the pace for long periods and all were shocked to see the Iguanas 6-0 up with one minute left in the first half.
The return of Venassio Tokotokovanua to the DHL Storm ranks was again the team’s saving grace as his try just before half time turned the tide in Storm’s favour. Whilst the Iguanas never regained the lead they kept within breathing distance throughout and only with a Baron Solomon solo effort late in the game were the Storm comfortable winners 34-15.
In the earlier game the Krys Global Buccaneers subjected the Queensgate Pigs Trotters to their sixth defeat of the regular season to secure second place in the league standings but the game was again a close run affair.
Going into the next stage of the domestic Cayman rugby season the Pigs will be buoyed by the fact that the DHL Storm struggled against a weakened Iguanas side and will hope to earn their first win of the season and march into the DART knockout vase final against probably the Buccaneers unless the Iguanas can turn around their injury woes in time for their clash.
The next game is on Saturday at the Cayman Islands Rugby Club, South Sound:
2pm John Doak Architecture Iguanas v Krys Global Buccaneers
4pm DHL Cayman Storm v Queensgate Pigs Trotters