United lose to an energetic Suburbs

18 Jun 2017 11:00am
WINDHOEK, 18 JUN (NAMPA) – Trustco United Rugby Club weakened in the second half to lose by 36 points to 16 to Western Suburbs in a Rugby League match here on Saturday.
United seemed to have the game by the scruff of the neck, leading 16 points to 15 at one stage of the game, but allowed Suburbs to score three tries in a space of five minutes to turn around the game.
Suburbs started well, scoring a try in the first two minutes of the game through double scorer Omalu Collins.
United regrouped and scored a drop goal through Ascher Coetzee, but Justin Nel scored another try to silence the home crowd.
Simon Kanime added a try for United to take the half-time score to 15 points to 10 in favour of Suburbs.
United regrouped in the second half, scoring a penalty and a drop goal through Coetzee to take 16 points to 15 lead.
But they soon crumbled as Suburbs score three tries through Collins, Nikin Cloete and Nel to kill the game.
Suburbs converted all but one of their five tries, while United also converted their single try.
United coach Jood Opperman lamented his side’s lack of depth and said he was looking forward to finishing this season more than anything else.
“Our bench is thin and every time I replace players, we crumble. I don’t think we will make it to the playoffs,” he added.
Winning coach Rudolf Witbooi was happy with his team’s reaction after surrendering the lead, saying it was a good outing for them.
“We took charge of the second half as we played with speed and width. We are looking forward to the playoffs,” he said.