What a cracking game to finish off the John Smith’s Super IV season, and congratulations to the DHL Stormers for winning the Cup Final on 12th April 2017.
With the John Smith’s Super IV League winners (In Line Framing Sharks) playing the runners up (DHL Stormers), it had all the makings of a great game, and credit to both sides for putting in a sterling performance, and providing the crowd with a thoroughly entertaining contest. It really could have gone either way, with the possibility of overtime until the DHL Stormers wrestled control of the game in the last five minutes to win by 29 points to 24. Both teams traded scores during the evening, with the In Line Framing Sharks having the edge at half time, but the Stormers coming back after the break to draw level, and then take the lead, before being pegged back in the final quarter. The Stormers weren’t to be denied, however, and having scored the winning try, retained possession and controlled the game in the dying minutes to run out eventual winners.
As well as both team’s performances, there were some great individual performances from the younger players, which is great for the future of Gibraltar Rugby, but also the senior players led by example. Alex Lavarello (‘Lavs’) charged around the pitch like a raging bull, and Chris Lugnani (‘Chrico’) notched up a hat-trick, making him the top try scorer in the Cup competition. The award for top points scorer, though, goes to Simon Adamson, whose two conversions, when added to his first round tally, gave him a total of 28 points in the Cup.
There were a total of 24 tries in the Cup competition, with 16 of these being converted, which is a 67% success rate, easily beating the 46% kicking ratio in League games.
Fianl score – DHL Stormers 29-24 In Line Framing Sharks
Written by Iain Ross (Super IV League Chairman)