Suburbs suffer defeat in Gold Cup

10 Sep 2017 11:20am
WINDHOEK, 10 SEP (NAMPA) – Namibia Premier Rugby (NPR) club Western Suburbs were handed their first defeat of the Gold Cup after going down 17-46 against the Go Nutz College Rovers from South Africa here on Saturday.
Suburbs went into the first half break trailing by a 19-point difference when the first half ended 3-21, with the visitors scoring one penalty try and two tries which were converted. The home team only scored a penalty in that half.
In the second half, Suburbs came out more determined and it took them less than 10 minutes to score their first try in the competition, which was converted.
The South African outfit was however firing on all cylinders and only took four minutes to reply to the home team, scoring two penalties and a try which was converted just 25 minutes into the second half.
Suburbs also replied with their second and last try of the game, which was converted. Rovers, who were determined to win, ran in three more tries and converted two of them successfully.
The Namibians, who are playing in the competition for the first time, lost their opening match at home 17-46. They are in Pool D alongside DirectAxis False Bay and Roses United.
Speaking to the media after the game, Suburbs team director Walter Don said his team learned a lot in the opening game of the competition but he is hopeful of improving on their performance in their next match next week.
“We have been welcomed to South African rugby and I am positive that we will work on our mistakes from today’s games then put up a better performance in our next game in South Africa,” he said.
Rovers coach Derek Heiberg said Suburbs played a very good game, but he is happy to have registered their first win of the season in the competition which is good motivation for his team to do better in their upcoming fixtures.
The Gold Cup is a South African Rugby Union competition for non-university rugby union clubs in South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe.
Wanderers is the only Namibian club that has competed in the competition before. Suburbs finished as runners-up of the 2017 NPR season, which was won by the University of Namibia rugby team.