United win against Reho Falcon marred by drama

24 Mar 2018 15:40pm
WINDHOEK, 24 MAR (NAMPA) – Windhoek-based Namibia Rugby Premier League outfit United on Friday night thrashed Rehoboth-based Reho Falcon 56-17 in a league match that was overshadowed by violence at the Trustco United Sports Grounds.
After the final whistle blew, bouts of verbal and physical assaults between players and team officials of the two teams ensued.
Falcon players, who were not happy with the officiating of the match, started the exchange of words which led to fights between United and Falcon players and management, bringing an ugly end to the encounter.
Going into the game, United were the favourites to win after recording their first victory of the season 18-13 against Khomasdal-based Western Suburbs last Saturday, while Falcon were smashed 43-0 against UNAM in Rehoboth.
In the Friday clash, Falcon got off to a great start, as they were awarded two penalties in a space of 12 minutes, but they only managed to convert once from the spot for the lead.
A more composed United scored their first try as early as the 16th minute through Niel van Vuuren, while Winmar Rust converted to give them their 7 points.
Minutes later, United extended their lead to 14 points with a penalty try.
Falcons did not take the game lying down as they managed to narrow the gap in the 33rd minute when Enrico Benade scored their first try of the game which Desley Beukes converted.
The half-time score was 14-10 in favour of United.
In the second half, United dominated play as they had more possession. Falcon were defensively not well organised in the second half, which allowed United to show their character and run in six tries which Rust converted.
Falcon only managed to break the resilient United defence in the 57th minute; Reginald Araeb scored their second try and Beukes converted.
The tries for United were scored by Alcino Izaaks, Nandivatu Karuuombe, Morne Blaauw, Tuna Amutenya (2) and Naude Neethling.
The impressive win gained them two bonus points for scoring more than seven tries.