Suburbs register first win of the season

25 Mar 2018 15:30pm
WINDHOEK, 25 MAR (NAMPA) – Western Suburbs Rugby Club registered their first win of the season after beating Wanderers by 30-27 in an action-packed match in Week 3 of the Namibia Rugby Premier League on Saturday at Suburbs Park.
The visiting team outscored the home team on the try count by five tries to three, but the home team capitalised on the penalty points, scoring nine points from Wanderers’ indiscipline.
Suburbs also converted all their tries, while Wanderers only converted one.
Suburbs scored their tries through flanker Tjingairi Katjivi, centre Gino Wilson and right wing Collins Omalu.
Wanderers scored theirs through hooker Gert Lotter (2), flanker Dirk de Meyer, full back David Philander and centre Francois Wiese.
Suburbs’ fly half Justin Nel contributed 15 points through the boot, while Mahco Prinsloo of Wanderers scored two points from the boot.
Wanderers were their worst enemies as they conceded 20 penalties, which put paid to their chances of winning the match they totally dominated.
For Suburbs the victory was sweet as they had suffered a 18-51 defeat at the hands of defending champions University of Namibia (UNAM) in Week 1 before losing 13-18 to United last week.
Their coach Sean Kazembi paid tribute to his team for sticking to their tactics of playing from the defence.
“We knew where they were going to play so we had to put pressure on their front line, especially in the second half of the game. There was a lot of pressure on us and hopefully we will build from this victory,” he said.
He added that qualifying for the Gold Cup is still their target as the players enjoyed the experience last year.
Vince Dreyer of Wanderers said it was back to the drawing board and welcomed the defeat, saying matches are won on the field of play, not a Friday newspaper.
“We played well in the first half, but in the second half we strayed away from what we wanted to do in terms of our game play. They took us into broken play and they disrupted our game plans and systems,” Dreyer said.
He said the players will have to prepare well against Reho Falcon, whom they play next week in Windhoek.
Dreyer added that they still have hopes of going a step higher by winning the league title, seeing that they lost in the final to UNAM last season.