06 Mar 2016 13:00pm
WINDHOEK, 06 MAR (NAMPA) Rugby Premier League defending champions, UNAM Rugby Club lost their opening game of the season when they played Western Suburbs at the UNAM Sports Field on Saturday.
The Premier League season kicked off on Saturday in Windhoek, Rehoboth and Swakopmund.
UNAM, who won the title for the first time in 2015, lost their game 26-20 against Western Suburbs.
UNAM dominated most of the play in the first half to go into the half-time break with a 17-09 lead.
In the second half, Western Suburbs brought in a couple of players from the bench and became the more dominant side, with Justin Nell and Rodrigues Victor scoring two tries.
Ricardo Swartz converted both tries. The brilliant Swartz also managed to score a penalty and gave his side the lead of 26-17.
In the second half, UNAM only managed to score a single penalty that gave them the final score of 26-20.
Speaking to the media after the game, UNAM team manager Werner Jeffrey said UNAM was the stronger and fitter side, but Suburbs had a strong bench and that counted against them in the second half.
We are a much fitter team than our opponents but their bench was strong as it had a number of national team players. We now know were we went wrong and we will work on correcting on our mistakes and defending our title, he said.
In another game played on Saturday, Wanderers took on United who are celebrating their centenary. The game was played at the Trusco United field in the capital and Wanderers beat the home team 36-31.
In a game played in Rehoboth between Rehoboth and Reho Falcon; Rehoboth beat their home town neighbours 22-20, while in the coastal game between Kudus and newly promoted Dolphins, Kudu beat their opponents Dolphins 10-09.