Wanderers closes in on log leaders United

20 Jul 2019 15:00pm
WINDHOEK, 20 JUL (NAMPA) – Wanderers Rugby Club are now within a point of their arch-rivals Trustco United after they defeated them 35-24 on Friday night during their Namibia Rugby Premier League clash.

The two outfits met at the Trustco United Park the home of United rugby club who currently lead the log with 42 points.

United, who were humiliated by UNAM a week ago with a 52-15 score line once again failed to get back to winning ways when they clashed with Wanderers who outclassed them on the night.

In the first half, it took 30 minutes for the two teams to open the scoring as United’s Winmar Rust scored a penalty.

Wanderers regrouped and Nandi Karuuombe scored the first try of the game in the 35th minute and Bradon Groenewald made no mistake on the spot as Wanderers took the lead in the match.

Wanderers’ lead was cut short just minutes before the half time break when Hanreco van Zyl ran in United’s first try of the match, which Rust converted.

The half-time score was 10-7 in favour of the home team, United.

In the second half Wanderers came out the hungrier side, running in four tries through Elmarco Beukes (two), Stefan Hattingh (one) and Ethan Beukes (one).
Elmarco Beukes scored two conversions while Groenewald also score two.

United, who were mostly dominated throughout the second half, only managed to run in two tries through Jandre Lampbrecht and substitute Tuna Amutenya. Rust converted both tries.

After scoring more than four tries, Wanderers won themselves a bonus point and collected five points from that match, which puts them level on 41 points with UNAM on the log standing.

Both Wanderers and UNAM have a match in hand on United and the victor of the encounter between the two, scheduled to take place on 27 July, will go to the top of the log standing.