Impalas beat Wanderers in Gold Cup

02 Oct 2016 13:50pm
WINDHOEK, 02 OCT (NAMPA) – Namibia Premier Rugby (NPR) club Wanderers lost 39-62 in their third match of the Gold Cup against the Rustenburg Impalas in Rustenburg, South Africa on Saturday.
The Gold Cup is a South African Rugby Union (SARU) competition for non-university rugby union clubs in South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe.
Wanderers are competing in the competition because they finished as runners-up during the 2015 NPR season, which was won by the University of Namibia (UNAM) rugby team.
In their opening match of the Gold Cup, the Namibian outfit lost their Pool B match 26-28 against Pirates, but managed to pick up two bonus points. In their second match a week ago in Windhoek, they beat Northam Platinum Rhinos 60-29 to remain third in the group on seven points.
On Saturday Wanderers, who are now fourth on the log with eight points from a bonus point they collected for scoring four tries in the match, hoped to win the match against the Rustenburg Impalas to move to second position in the group, which would have guaranteed them one foot in the next round of the competition with a game to still play.
The Impalas are top of the group with 15 points.
Only the top two teams from the four groups will qualify for the next round of the Gold Cup.
With the defeat on Saturday, Wanderers’ hopes of finishing second are however waning as they next face Evergreens, who are currently third on the log with 10 points, at the Wanderers Rugby Club in Windhoek on 08 October.
Log leaders Impala Rugby Club will take on Pirates who are second, but level on 10 points with Evergreens.
The Namibians’ fate now lies in their own hands with their must-win fixture next week at home and hopes that second-on-the-log Pirates lose to Impala in Rustenburg.
Northam Platinum Rhinos finished their fixtures on Saturday and are bottom of the log with three points.
The Wanderers-Evergreens clash takes place next Saturday at 15h00.