Domestic rugby took a break recently with successful campaigns against visiting American sides from Middlebury College and the Princeton University Alumni.
Action restarted last Saturday at the South Sound Rugby Club with two all-important games to mark the midway point of the Alex Alexander Memorial Trophy competition. With the Queensgate Pigs Trotters having won their first two encounters against the John Doak Architecture Iguanas and the Advance Fire and Plumbing Buccaneers, it was up to the Fidelity Bank Cayman Storm to stop the Trotters’ march to their first league trophy since 2003.
The Trotters took no time in finding the score sheet as some quick phase play put Dave Acutt over the try line to open the scoring only minutes after kick off. But, in a surprise rebound, the Cayman Storm mounted 17 unanswered points in a stunning display of ball handling and tenacity. The run of form for the Storm was short-lived, however, and the 17 points were to be the Storm’s haul for the day.
The Trotters mounted a comeback of their own and tallied up a further 20 points before halftime to bring in a halftime score of 25-17 for the Trotters. The second half was not to mirror the high-scoring first half and instead descended into a display of scrappy, ill-disciplined rugby with both teams losing players to red cards. Only the Pigs Trotters could secure any points in the second half with a solitary penalty kick to bring in the final score of 28-17 to the Trotters.
In the day’s second game, the Iguanas piled 31 points on the Buccaneers before the Buccaneers responded in the second half to put their name on the score sheet. The Buccaneers controlled the bulk of the possession and were dominating the Iguanas in the lineout and scrums, but it was the Iguanas who took every opportunity possible to find their way to the try line. With an impressive performance from the Iguanas back line, the final score of 38-12 was never in doubt. The big win for the Iguanas saw that team leapfrog the Buccaneers into second place in the league table.
Week four may decide the league outcome as the Iguanas take on the Pigs Trotters. Kickoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. on March 1 at the South Sound club. With only three points separating the two teams, the Iguanas will be looking to overturn their early season loss to the Pigs, while the Trotters attempt to stop the Iguanas retaining their championship. The Storm face the Buccaneers at 4:45 p.m., with the Buccaneers looking to put the embarrassing loss to the Iguanas behind them. The Storm will look to build on some promising displays on the pitch to earn their first win of the season.
Games are free to watch at the South Sound club or online at caymanrugbytv.com.