Bucs get back-to-back wins for early lead

Advance Fire Buccaneers have raced to a 2-0 start in the 2017/18 Alex Alexander Memorial Championship.

Advance Fire Buccaneers have taken the early lead in the 2017/18 Alex Alexander Memorial Championship, opening with two wins from as many games and are the only unbeaten team in the competition.

In round two at the Cayman Rugby Club in South Sound on 3 February, the Bucs raced to a 32-0 lead at halftime against Queensgate Pigs Trotters. They quickly extended the gap to 42-0 before the Pigs got on the board late in the game to see it end 42-5.

“I don’t think we’ve won two games in a row for a very long time, so it’s nice to have a winning team,” Buccaneers captain Ben Blair told CaymanSportsBuzz.com pitch-side after the game.

“We’ve had a couple of seasons where it’s been very difficult, so it’s really good to have a lot of the old guys come back in from retirement and some new blood as well.”

The Pigs were not good enough to stop the Bucs on the day.

Among the veterans back in the mix are Richard “Grizz” Adams, Mark Lee, Connor Brady, and Ian Smith. “They’re all making a huge difference,” the captain said.

Despite the dominant performance, Blair was cautious when asked if that showed how good his side was this season: “I think the score line is a true reflection of how the game was today. The league is very competitive this year.”

After finishing bottom of the standings with a solitary win last season, Blair was upbeat about the Bucs chances this season, even though he expects it to be a keenly fought battle to the end.

“We’re going to be a lot more competitive and be able to stay in games and, hopefully, win. I think every team is equal – we had a close game against the Iguanas last week and we’ve got Storm next week. Everyone’s pretty good, so I think it’s going to be a tough league,” he said.

The Buccaneers refused to be held down.

In the day’s other game, Joan Doak Iguanas comfortably ran all over the field like their pesky reptile namesakes to take a 64-14 win over Fidelity Cayman Storm. It was the second time in a month that the Iguanas handled the Storm, after defeating them in the Heineken Charity Shield 42-10 in early January.

After two rounds of play, Buccaneers are 2-0, while Pigs Trotters and Iguanas are both 1-1, and Storm 0-2.

The third round of games will be played on Saturday, 10 February:

2:00 p.m.             Queensgate Pigs Trotters vs John Doak Iguanas
4:00 p.m.             Fidelity Cayman Storm v Advance Fire Buccaneers


Round 1 recap:

Bucs, Pigs open with wins


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