With the score 20-19 in the favour of Paarl Gimnasium at halftime, you cannot fault any Affie supporter for thinking, hoping and praying that Affies can win for the first time since 2012 (27-20) against Gimmies.
Gim was first to put points on the scoreboard with a penalty by fullback Tiaan Swanepoel. Affies replied immediately with a try by loosie Willie Potgieter, however, Gim retook the lead when winger Strevino Jacobs scored a brace of tries which was followed by yet another try when flank Louw Nel scored after Gimmies started a powerful rolling maul.
Affies, though, finished the first half the stronger of the two teams and managed to reply with two try tries of their own by flank Gustav Bester and flyhalf FC Potgieter respectively before halftime.
Affies lost both flankers MJ van Rensburg and Willie Potgieter during the first half due to injuries adding to their miseries as they already lost van Lill and Kamffer just before the match. The injury of flyhalf FC Potgieter just after the start of the second half also did not help.
Paarl Gim scored the first of their four unanswered tries scored in the second half when flank Eric Basson scored their fourth try of the match. Liam Compion's try was followed by two tries late in the second half by du Toit and Siebert while Affies played the last four minutes with fourteen men after hooker Ruben Windell was yellow-carded.
Gimmies the deserved winners with 46-19.
A lot of if's and if not's can be used BUT we will do it the Affies way, "congratulation Gimmies you were the best on the day BUT see you in 2020 on the Plaas".
Paarl Gimnasium: Tries: Jacobs (2), Nel, Basson, Compion, du Toit, Siebert. Conversions: Swanepoel, Smal (3). Penalty: Swanepoel.
Affies: Tries: Willie Potgieter, Bester, FC Potgieter. Conversions: Dieter Crafford (2).