Wanderers in a do or die battle on Saturday

06 Oct 2016 17:30pm
WINDHOEK, 06 OCT (NAMPA) – Namibia Premier Rugby (NPR) club Wanderers is in a positive mind-set ahead of their must-win Gold Cup fixture against Evergreens from South Africa on Saturday.
The match will start at 15h00 at the Wanderers sports field.
Wanderers hope to finish second as only the top two teams from the four groups qualify to the next round of the Gold Cup.
Wanderers coach Jacobus Paulus (JP) Nel said the team is ready and will fight for a win.
“In our last game in Rustenburg I could see that the boys were beginning to get tired in the last minutes, but I worked well with them this week at training as we did not spend more than an hour on the training field to help their bodies recover ahead of Saturday after a long season that we had since January,” he said.
Nel added that some of the players are nursing small injuries but they are all determined to fight for the five points as they want to progress to the next round of the competition.
Wanderers will only progress to the next round of the competition if they beat Evergreens and if Impala beats Pirates in Rustenburg.
The Gold Cup is a South Africa Rugby Union (SARU) competition for non-university rugby union clubs in South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe.
Wanderers are competing on the basis of finishing as runners-up during the 2015 NPR season. The University of Namibia (UNAM) rugby team won the league.
In their opening fixture of the competition, the Namibian outfit lost their Pool B match 26-28 against Pirates, but managed to pick up two bonus points and in their second match in which they beat Northam Platinum Rhinos, also from South Africa, by 60-29 points.
The Namibian team then lost their third match by 39-62 against Impala on Saturday, which left them fourth on the log of five teams with seven points.