u-mee Super IV League (Round 6):
If there is anything predictable about this season’s games, it is that nothing is predictable!!
At the end of Round 6 of the u-mee Super IV League, all four teams have now played each other twice, with the Sovereign Insurance Scorpions edging it thanks to their two wins against the Inline Framing Sharks. In all the other games, however, all the teams have shared the spoils, winning and losing against each other.
The Sovereign Insurance Scorpions run of ‘glory’ wins, scoring 50+ points, was brought to a shuddering halt last night by a Ibex Buccaneers team that had clearly put in the training hours. The Buccs won the battle up front at the set piece, in both scrum and lineout, in what was a thrilling game of rugby, with no quarter given, and ferocious tackling by both sides. And, although they lost the try count 3-4, and missed out on a bonus point, Dave Barley, who was kicking from all over the park, won them the contest, with four penalty goals to add to his two conversions, giving the Buccs a deserved 26-34 victory. It was sweet revenge for their earlier thumping by the Scorpions in Round 3, and lifts them off the bottom of the table.
In the DHL Stormers v Inline Framing Sharks game, the Sharks were undermanned from the start, only just managing to field a team. They leaked 17 points in the first half, although that hardly reflected the way the game had been played, with some resolute defence from a depleted Sharks team. And, despite having more than their fair share of possession, the Stormers squandered opportunities to put more on the board, and were probably disappointed to be only 17-0 up at half time. That half time lead, however, proved to be decisive and although the Sharks cavalry appeared, with three late arrivals adding to their player numbers, they managed to tie the second half, they weren’t able to overcome that first half lead and eventually lost out 29-12. Just as in the other game of the evening, this too was a reversal of the Round 3 outcome.
Not surprisingly, after his double hat-trick last week, Seb Triay (Sovereign Insurance Scorpions) still leads the points scorers, adding to his tally with another try and a couple of conversions last night. Roaring into second place, however, is Dave Barley (Ibex Buccaneers) with his 19 points from last night taking him up to 39 points and, interestingly, all of his points are from kicks. Tied in third place are Alex Ashmore (DHL Stormers) and another Scorpion, Scott Thompson, both of whom are on 35 points.
u-mee Super IV League (Rounds 7,8,9 dates TBC)
Iain Ross (u-mee Super IV League, Chairman)