24 Sep 2017 11:30am
WINDHOEK, 24 SEP (NAMPA) Namibias Western Suburbs lost 26-29 to IMT Sishen in a closely contested Gold Cup Rugby match played in Windhoek on Saturday.
Playing in the competition for the first time this year, the Namibia club side scored four tries in the second half, converting three of the tries.
Trailing by 12 points to nil at half-time, the Namibians upped their tempo and opened the scoring in the second half through Elliot Lombart two minutes after the restart.
Justin Nel converted.
Philippus Theunis van Staden Pretorius added five more points for Sishen before Suburbs Gino Wilson scored a sole try, having ran the full length of the field, with Nel converting.
Darryl de la Harpe capitalised on poor defending by the South Africans to put Suburbs within touching distance of their opponents before Sishen tighthead prop Louwrens Strydom scored a converted try 10 minutes before the end of the game.
Suburbs then scored through Roderique Victor and Nel converted to set a nailbiting finish to the match as Suburbs pushed for their first victory in this years competition.
Sishen defended the lead and emerged victorious with a scoreline of 29 points to 26 in favour of the visitors.
Suburbs coach Shaun Kazembi said starting slow cost them the game.
I told the boys to play from minute one. We lost the game in the first half. We wasted four to five tries, but we are learning with each game, he said.
He said they will work on their weaknesses with the hope of winning their last match, which they will play in South Africa.
Sishen coach Riaan van Straten said his Upington based side deserved to win but paid tribute to his opponents, saying they used their home advantage and conditions to their advantage.
It is a bittersweet victory for us as we travelled 1 200 kilometres in a bus, and we played under extremely hot conditions. I am happy with result. Suburbs used the home advantage to stretch us, he said.
The 2017 South African Rugby Union Gold Cup is in its second season since the competitions name change. It was previously known as the Community Cup.
It is the top competition for non-university rugby union clubs in South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe.
The results of this weekends Gold Cup matches are as follows:
Wesizwe Vereeniging 34-50 Sasol Hydra-Arc Secunda
Old Georgians 34-38 QBR
Raiders 29-34 Northam Platinum Rhinos
Swallows 32-35 Progress George
Western Suburbs 26-29 IMT Sishen
MPM Old Selbornians 25-26 Progress Uitenhage
Go Nutz College Rovers 32-17 Roses United
Newark Rustenburg Impala 49-29 Human Auto Welkom