Day 3 of the All India and South Asia Rugby Tournament, saw the losing teams of the first round go head to head against one another in the semi finals of the plate.

The first game that took place, was between RFS Pune and KISS. It was a game filled with big tackles, hard scrums and some great passing moves from the back lines. The match ended       12-10 in favour of RFS Pune.

KISS took an early lead when Munna Murmur scored a try from a brilliant back move. After some toiling away RFS Pune managed to pull one back, their captain, Sandeep Singh was the try scorer. Bruno David Jamise converted the try to earn Pune the full 7 points. Pune Went into half time 7-5 up.

At the restart of the game, KISS once again came out on fire, scoring another try early on in the second half. This time the try was scored by Kanucharan Hemram. KISS once again failed to convert and were up by just 10 points to 7. As the game went on, Pune found their rhythm and another 5 points when Bruno David Jamise found a gap in the KISS defensive line and broke through to score what came to be the winning try. Pune came out Victors, of the 1st of the Plate semi finals.

The second game that day was the 2nd of the Plate semi finals. It was between Calcutta Cricket and Football Club (CCFC) and the Tamil Nadu Police. The game ended 12-5 to Tamil Nadu Police.

Both teams had their fair share of possession but it was the Tamil Nadu Police who scored first via a Vasagan try, though they failed to convert it. CCFC were soon after on the score sheet thanks to Chandan Vishwas. The teams went into half time all square at 5-5. When the teams came out after the break, the game stuck to the script of the first half with both teams having equal possession of the ball, and fighting over each other’s gain-line. Tamil Nadu Police then took the lead thanks to a try from Bhavani Shankar, and Suresh Kumar then converted it. Even though CCFC fought hard for the remaider of the game, they were unable to get back on the score sheet and the game ended 12-5.

RFS Pune will now face the Tamil Nadu Police in the finals of the Plate which will be held at the Bombay Gymkhana on the 15th of this month.

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