UNAM comes from behind to maintain winning streak

09 Apr 2017 12:20pm
WINDHOEK, 09 APR (NAMPA) – University of Namibia (UNAM) Rugby Club put on an impressive performance on Saturday to maintain their winning streak in their five opening games of the Rugby Premier League.
UNAM beat United 30-22 at home to remain top of the log on 25 points.
On Saturday at the United Sports Field in Olympia, the home team opened the scoring through a penalty by Winmar Rust in the sixth minute. Rust added three more penalties in the first half to give the home team a better lead ahead of the half time break.
UNAM only managed to put points on the scoreboard in the 29th minute of the game through a penalty by Lorenzo Louis. The students closed the gap with Tjino Tjirare, who ran in the first try of the game. Louis converted from the spot.
The half-time score was 12-10 for United.
In the second half, league defending champion UNAM started to show their dominance as they scored their second try of the game just minutes into that half through Bradley Klazen, which Louis converted.
United replied with their own try just minutes later through Niel Bouwer, but UNAM upped their tempo, which the home team could not match as they made simple errors which UNAM capitalised on.
United managed to score one more penalty through Rust, but the visitors tripled their points with two more penalties by Louis and a try by Sylvano Beukes, which Louis converted to give them a 30-22 win.
UNAM are now six points clear of Wanderers after five games played thus far.
In other matches on Saturday, Wanderers beat Reho Falcons 43-31 at the Wanderers Sports Field.
Rehoboth beat Walvis Bay 45-39 in Rehoboth; while at the Suburbs Park in Khomasdal, Western Suburbs beat Kudus 21-13.
The current log standing after five matches sees UNAM on 25 points. Wanderers are now second after their win on 19 points and Suburbs dropped down to third on 18 points despite their win, because Wanderers collected bonus points for scoring seven tries.
Kudus are fourth on 14 points; Rehoboth fifth on 12 points and with a loss against UNAM.
United is sixth on 11 points while Walvis Bay is seventh on 10 points and Reho Falcons are bottom of the log without a point.