Iguanas make it 3 in a row

| 02/03/2011

(CRFU): The John Doak Architecture Iguanas made it 3 wins on the trot and became the first team to achieve such a feat in the 2011 AA Cup season with a very hard fought win over the Krys Global Buccaneers on Saturday 19 February. The game was by no means as cool a display as was put on by the Iguanas only the week previous to halter the DHL Storm’s run of wins in the league but the encounter allowed the Iguanas to take revenge from the beating they were subjected to in the opening game of the AA Cup campaign at the hands of the Buccaneers. The Buccs, without Shaun Gerrard and Ben Blair looked a slightly weakened side but by no means any less dangerous that usual. (Photos by Caroline Deegan)

The scoring was opened by Iguana star Etienne Duvenage who slotted an easy penalty but the lead was cancelled out only moments later with a John Murphy penalty kick. A converted Yohann Regnard try for the Iguanas regained the lead for the men in grey but a cool and collected Phil O’Connor try made the score level again. Etienne Duvanage pulled out yet another game winning performance for the Iguanas with 2 more tries and with a hand full of kicks to bring up 22 points for the Iguanas whilst the Buccs could only muster one more score from powerful Fijian lock, Saviriano Tabuaniwera.

In a league where bonus points are becoming ever increasingly important The Iguanas missed out on their second chance to gain an extra point when American Football convert Chris McTaggart Smith, playing his first full 80 minutes of rugby failed to ground the ball in the try area.

Final Score: Krys Global Buccaneers 15-22 John Doak Architecture Iguanas

In the second game of the day the DHL Storm looked to bounce back after their shock loss to the Iguanas with a win over a winless but ever improving Queensgate Pigs Trotters. The Storm, without captain Keswick Wright who has suffered a concussion in the loss to the Iguanas and without speedy newboy Gareth Wilkinson welcomed back Venassio Tokotokovanua in the centres.

The Storm turned back the years in the performance with tries being scored by ahost of players on the park including Camilo Ramires, Ross Connerton and Venassio Tokotokovanua to name but a few but as the points mounted against the Pigs a strong performance by the Trotters pack gave the Pigs back line enough breathing room to put points on the board and keep in contention for much of the encounter. Impressive tries from James Waters plus a late solo effort from new boy Leslie Harvey will give the Iguanas much to think about going into the weekend.

Final Score: DHL Storm 35-19 Queensgate Pigs Trotters

With the Buccaneers looking to overturn their heavy defeat at the hands of the Storm early in the season the Buccs now have the extra difficulty of containing Jeffrey Robinson who made a comeback from long term injury for the Storm and with the Storms’ impressive and never empty subs bench the odds are certainly stacking against the 2008 AA Cup and Waterford Trophy winning Buccaneers.

Next games: 5 March at the Cayman Rugby Club

DHL Storm vs. Krys Global Buccaneers @2pm
John Doak Architecture Iguanas vs. Queensgate Pigs Trotters @ 4pm

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