30 Jul 2017 14:00pm
WINDHOEK, 30 JUL (NAMPA) The University of Namibia (UNAM) Rugby Club were crowned 2017 Namibia Rugby Union League champions following a 42-28 victory over Wanderers on Saturday at the Hage Geingob Rugby Stadium in Windhoek.
UNAM have now successfully defended their title for three consecutive years.
The match started off with a high tempo, with four tries being scored in the first 16 minutes - three by UNAM and one by Wanderers.
UNAM scored their first try in the first five minutes of the match through fly half Hilarius Kisting, who converted it too.
Four minutes later, man of the match Thomas Kali added the second try and Lorenso Luis took over the kicking responsibilities successfully.
Barry Grande then put his name onto the try scorers sheet in the 11th minute when he finished of a flowing move involving Captain Bradley Klazen, Cameron Klassen, Milaan van Wyk and Camlo Martin. It was also converted successfully.
Wanderers then upped their tempo using their back row players effectively and were duly awarded with a try through Enim Kritzinger in the 16th minute.
Gerald Lotter scored a second try for Wanderers before Martin scored another try for UNAM.
Both Wanderers tries were converted.
UNAM also managed six more points through two penalties to leave the score 34-14 in their favour at halftime.
The second half belonged to Wanderers, as they outscored the students by two tries to one, while Luis scored one penalty for UNAM.
In total UNAM scored five tries, converted four of them and scored three penalties, while Wanderers scored four tries and converted all of them.
Johan Diergaardt, UNAM head coach, was pleased with his sides start, saying the first 16 minutes won the match.
Wanderers could not come back after that start. We worked hard on our attitude and game plan. We had to run them down as we knew they are heavier than us, he said.
He was happy with the way the team played to win the championship for the third time in a row and finish the season unbeaten.
Wanderers backline coach Vince Dreyer lamented the poor start by his team, but admitted UNAM deserved to win.
We could not play catch-up after those first 20 minutes. This is the third time against UNAM and fourth overall that we are losing in the finals; we will regroup and come back stronger next year, he said.
He added that there was ill-discipline by his team and called on the players to respect their opponents.