The final day of the 2019 KFC Aloe Cup dawned bright and beautiful, with no wind and very little cloud to speak of.
All 12 teams were involved in the final day’s proceedings and the day started with Knysna beating Graslaagte 22-5.
Next up was local school Stulting against Beaumont. In a tense battle, Stulting managed to defeat Beaumont 12-7.
The 3rd match featured PE powerhouse Sunridge against Eikestad from Stellenbosch. In a match where Eikestad never allowed the PE team to settle into a rhythm, the Aloe Cup newcomers recorded a 15-8 victory, an outcome that probably made the road back home a lot more enjoyable.
Next up Jeffreys Bay played against Handhaaf, and from the start, it was apparent that the hosts could not sustain the intensity that won the Plate the previous day. A 12-5 loss to Handhaaf was not an expected end for the home team, but the excitement of winning the Plate will endure until the 2020 Aloe Cup.
Next up was the play-off for 3rd between Grey College and Outeniqua, a replay of a match earlier in the season the Grey had won 5-0. Once again the boys in blue ended with a 15-5 win, with their flyhalf impressing everyone with his skills, decision-making and time. For Outeniqua, their eight-man caught the eye, as he had done in all their previous matches.
The Cup Final was a local derby, only the derby was played 650 km away from home. Both finalists Durbanville and Gene Louw hail from Durbanville, Cape Town and the winners would have local bragging rights.
A close game was expected, but Durbanville never allowed Gene Louw into the game. Their loose forwards and locks dominated the forward exchanges and with a surfeit of front foot ball the Durbanville 10 and 13 enjoyed space and time to dictate things at the back. Throw in a couple of mesmerizing runs by the Durbanville miniature right wing and the result was never in doubt. Gene Louw never stopped trying but was outclassed on the day and Durbanville won 20-7 to be crowned the 2019 KFC Aloe Cup champions.
Article by: Rainier Vermaak