03 Aug 2014 12:10pm
WINDHOEK, 03 AUG (NAMPA) Premier rugby side Wanderers thrashed Western Suburbs 35-6 in their First National Bank (FNB)-sponsored derby at the Wanderers field on Saturday.
Wanderers opened the scoring with a penalty by Johan Tromp in the 10th minute of the game, and Suburbs levelled the score 10 minutes later with Justin Nel also converting a penalty for his side to make it 3-all.
Wanders led 8-6 at half-time, and continued the lead until the final whistle.
Speaking to Nampa after the game, winning coach Jacobus Paulus (JP) Nel said he was pleased with the results after a tough week of preparation for the game.
We knew our team had enough character and we used it to our advantage. We are now looking forward to our next match in the league when we preparing to play in the semi-finals, he said.
Suburbs manager Henry Coetzee said a red card was their down fall, while his players discipline was also to blame.
We failed on our goal of winning the match today, but this loss is a wake-up call for us, and we will pick ourselves up and will be ready for our league semi-finals next week, he stated.
Meanwhile, in league games played on the same day, Reho Falcons qualified for the playoffs after defeating Unam 29-28 at the Unam Stadium.
Falcons ended third in Group B with 21 points, behind log leaders Western Suburbs on 36 points and Rehoboth on 31 points.
In Group A, Kudus ended third and grabbed the final playoff spot on 16 points after thrashing Walvis Bay 71-3 at the coast.
Dolphins finished fourth on 12 points after being hammered 113-14 by United in Windhoek. Wanderers top Group A on 40 points, with United second on 38 points