UNAM continues winning spree

17 Jun 2017 12:10pm
WINDHOEK, 17 JUN (NAMPA) – University of Namibia (UNAM) Rugby Club continued their winning form when they beat local rivals Wanderers Rugby Club by 52 points to 15 at Wanderers Sports Club Friday night.
UNAM dominated the match from start to finish, scoring their first try through double try scorer Chessborough Lawrence as early as the second minute of the game.
Denver Merurua converted for the students, who went on to score two more tries through Barry Gande and Zikamee Kaura and one conversion to lead by 17 points to 12 at half-time.
Wanderers scored two tries through Dirk de Meyer and Kevin Thuynsma, while they had one conversion through Duane Fourie in the first half, as they pulled out all stops to restrict a rampant UNAM team who have not lost a single game this season.
In the second half, UNAM continued with their dominance and added a further five tries in the second half through Rheinhardt Carelse, Lawrence, substitute Lorenso Luis, Merurua and Thomas Kali.
Merurua converted four tries with replacement Luis and captain of the day for UNAM, Cameron Klassen adding one conversion apiece.
Wanderers scored a consolation penalty right at the death of the game through Nico Esterhuyse.
Wanderers coach Charl du Toit attributed his team’s loss to the absence of several first team players due to work commitments, injury and national team call-ups, while praising UNAM’s depth in playing.
“While I cannot use the absence of these players as an excuse, we have to take into account that UNAM is also affected by this. But they are doing a fantastic job bringing in new players who are as good as those who are absent,” he said.
UNAM coach Johan Diergaardt congratulated his players for working hard.
“With the points gap between us and the rest of the teams so big, the championship is for us to lose. It will be a disaster if we do not win this league for the fourth time in a row,” he said.