The Advance Fire & Plumbing Buccaneers ended their Heineken Shield drought with a win 14-12 win over the Century 21 Cayman Storm last week.
Having competed for the shield three out of the four years the trophy has existed the Buccaneers have succumbed to the Storm and the John Doak Architecture Iguanas in previous battles but it was third time lucky for the Buccaneers.
Last year the Shield was secured by the John Doak Architecture Iguanas with a hard fought 23-5 win over the Buccaneers but it was a much tighter affair this time round.
The Buccaneers had an easy run in the early stages of the game with the Cayman Storm seemingly hell bent on giving away as many penalties as possible and those penalties that were kickable were easily slotted by Mariano Marco to take the score to 9-0 before Marco’s kicking boot lost its sight.
Two more missed penalties could have wrong up a 15-0 score line before half time but DHL Scores against the run of play either side of the half time break gave the Storm a 12-9 lead which they held on to tooth and nail heading into the closing stages.
The Storm could have held on for the win was it not for two yellow cards for continual infringement and further injuries in their scrum.
Injuries that proved crucial as the Bucanneers new advantage in the pack led to a push over scrum to bring up the final score of 14-12.
Earlier in the day the Queensgate Pigs Trotters had an easy run against a weakened John Doak Architecture side to win handsomely 40-12.
The Iguanas, missing key players in the back line and pack due to a mixture of off island absences and injury started the game with 14 players, went down to 13 with an early yellow card and thanks to further injuries in the second half only enjoyed one period of play with a full 15 on the pitch,
The Pigs Trotters, having not beaten the Iguanas in some time, capitalised on the numbers advantage. The Iguanas meanwhile worked hard to earn two tries against the odds