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restored the lead immediately afterwards but following a sin-binning, Brazil forced a score in the corner which Lopez converted and once again were all square. Templar’s opportunity came with a break and went with a forward pass. Brazil then pressured their line, took the score and ran down the clock to go through 26- 19. Finally, Samurai’s total dominance for the first 6 minutes left Plymouth down 19-0 and without sight of the ball, though when they finally held on to the ball they scored to narrow the gap at half-time. The second half though continued to be all one way traffic as Samurai scored at will, the pick of these being the third chip and catch of the day by Koroigasagasa before Cocker finished off a 38-7 rout.


And so on to the Plate semis. First of all a


game of two halves as Wooden spoon created gaps at will in the Wailers’ defence to quickly open up a 19-0 lead. Wailers began a slow and steady reply just before half-time controlling possession and creating opportunities to lead by the space of a conversion as the Wooden Spoon lost their way. Smales made the decisive score to put Wailers into the final by 26-19. In the tightest encounter of the day Sharks drew first blood against Scottish who responded in belligerent manner. Sharks again led but Scottish restored parity. Sharks then turned over the ball on a tackle to break clear and appeared to have won the tie. However Scottish held onto possession and doggedly worked


their way down and over Sharks line almost a minute after the hooter to go into the first and only overtime of the competition. Retaining this momentum, almost before the game had restarted they were back across the line and into the final. It was a close, tense game that drew warm applause from the crowd. In the Cup semis the quality was really


showing with two close encounters. First Loizides immediately opened Esher’s account against Pups who missed an early opportunity to level before Esher extended their lead. Pups then put pressure on the Esher wall and finally breached it to leave the scores at 12-5 at half-time. Such was the quality of both sides defences that the second half remained


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