Rehoboth stun United in thriller

14 Apr 2019 10:50am
REHOBOTH, 14 APR (NAMPA) – Rehoboth Rugby Club dished out a first defeat to Trustco United in Saturday’s Namibia Rugby Premier League match that ended 23-19, played at a packed Rehoboth High School sports field.
Rehoboth took the lead as early as the sixth minute through a drop goal by Ascher Coetzee to go into a 3-0 lead.
Cheered on by their home supporters, Rehoboth dominated play and camped in the territory of the visitors. The pressure paid off in the 16th minute when Paulus Hangula crossed the line to get a try much to the delight of the home fans.
Henrique Olivier then stepped up and converted for a 10-0 lead.
Soon thereafter United got back into the game with a penalty try in the 30th minute to make it 10-3 before Olivier came through with his penalty goal to go into half-time leading 13-3.
Immediately after the restart, Hangula got his second try after a neat passing by the home team carved opened the backline of United to make it 18-3, with Olivier’s conversion stretching the lead to 20-3.
Rehoboth dropped their tempo midway through the second half and allowed United back into the game, much to the dismay of coach Dawid ‘Poeding’ Philander, who spurred on his charges to concentrate and hang onto their lead.
United pressed on and were rewarded when they broke past the Rehoboth defence and got a try and conversion to make it 20-10 before Olivier got another penalty goal.
United sustained the pressure and camped in the home team’s half and were rewarded with another try and successful conversion along with a penalty goal to provide a tense finale.
At the final whistle, Rehoboth came out 23-19 winners for their first win of the campaign after two games.
Philander told Nampa after the match the rigid pre-season they had paid off and the rewards are evident.
“Our pre-season helped us to concentrate for almost 80 minutes today. The boys fought hard and showed that they can go toe-to-toe with any team. A big thank you to our supporters who turned up in big numbers,” he said.
United coach Robbie Dickson said they had a bad first half and made things difficult for themselves. He praised Philander for the good job he has done with Rehoboth.
“We could not uphold our momentum and some of the calls by the referee against both teams also disrupted the game. It is back to the drawing board for us as we prepare for our next game against UNAM,” Dickson said.
In other matches played, University of Namibia defeated Western Suburbs 16-13 with Louis Lorenso coming through with one conversion and three penalty goals, while for Suburbs Russel van Wyk added a try with a successful conversion by Justin Nel. Nel added another two penalty goals.
In another match at Rehoboth, Reho Falcon were hammered 59-26 by FNB Wanderers.
Wanderers ran in nine tries with Stoop Lean and Tuna Amutenya scoring three tries each, while Manus van Wyk, Stefan Hattingh and Bredell Wessels each scored one try. Brandon Groenewaldt kicked 12 points from his conversions and Francois Coetzee converted two points from his kick.