The second day of rugby at the 2019 Aloe Cup provided upsets, another “kick-out” and a thrilling end to the Plate Final.
The 1st Plate semi between Sunridge and Beaumont ended up in the second penalty “kick-off” of the tournament after the teams ended up deadlocked at 5-5. The Sunridge kicker kept his nerve to boot his team into the final, a match in which he eventually also kicked a 45-meter penalty – very impressive for an /11 boy.
The 2nd Plate semi was a local derby between hosts Jeffreys Bay and Stulting. On the day Jeffreys Bay proved the stronger team and ran out convincing 26-5 winners.
Eikestad and Handhaaf played for the 5th and 6th places in the Cup and Aloe Cup newcomers Eikestad recorded their first victory of the tournament with a 14-5 win.
The 2 Cup semi-finals both ended with slightly surprising results.
In the 1st Cup semi between Outeniqua and Durbanville, the clever money was on an Outeniqua victory as they had convincingly won both their pool matches. Durbanville had other ideas and led by a great performance from their flyhalf they qualified for the Cup Final with a 12-0 win.
The 2nd Cup semi also led to the elimination of the pool winner as Gene Louw beat Grey 15-14. The score is not a true reflection of the match – Grey was well beaten by the defending champs, led by a dynamic performance from their 7 flank. Grey scored first before Gene Louw dominated the rest of the match. Grey scored at the final whistle to add respectability to the final score.
The last match of the day was the Plate Final between Jeffreys Bay and Sunridge. The home team scored first for a 7-0 lead before Sunridge scored 16 unanswered points for a 16-7 lead late into the second half. Jeffreys Bay scored a great try from their own try line with backs and forwards combining well to cut the lead to 4 points. Jeffreys Bay kept the ball in hand from the ensuing kick-off and marched down the field for another unconverted try and a thrilling 17-16 Plate Final victory.
Match Report: Rainier Vermaak