Hooker Chris Rossouw scored a try three minutes into stoppage time to give Paarl Gym a thrilling 20-19 win against Paul Roos at the Markötter in Stellenbosch on Saturday.
In a dramatic finish to a classic encounter, the teams scored a combined 20 points in the last 12 minutes of the game that saw the lead exchange hands four times.
Fortunately for Gym, they had the final say, with Rossouw dotting down from the back of a maul deep into stoppage time to seal the victory. In the end, ill-discipline cost Paul Roos the match.
A converted try by winger Gerado Jaars gave the hosts a slender 7-5 lead at the conclusion of a closely-contested first half.
Gym wrestled back the ascendancy to lead by five shortly after the resumption and that is how it stayed for the majority of the second half, despite some exciting end-to-end attacking play.
With 12 minutes remaining, Paul Roos outside centre Brendan Venter cut through Gimmies’ defence with a superb run on the angle to level the scores, before the conversion was added to give the hosts a two-point lead.
There was more drama to come. First Gym kicked a late penalty to regain the lead, but from the restart the Maroon Machine secured possession and went on to score in the left corner what appeared to be the winning try.
However, Paarl Gym kept the ball alive long after the final siren had sounded, and when Paul Roos infringed at the breakdown, captain Miller du Plessis set the lineout from which Rossouw scored.
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