Wanderers Rugby Club now a point away from log leaders
03 Aug 2019 14:10pm
WINDHOEK, 03 AUG (NAMPA) Wanderers Rugby Club are now within just one point of the University of Namibia (UNAM) on the Namibia Rugby Premier League log standing after they got the better of their rivals Friday night.
After being humiliated last Saturday at the UNAM Stadium, the Pionierspark team clashed with UNAM again on Friday at the Wanderers sports field in their second-round league match, beating their opponents 24-21. They now have 46 points and UNAM, 47.
The match saw the home team dominating the first half with their impressive defence, keeping UNAM at bay. Wanderers opened the scoring in the 28th minute and doubled it in the 30th minute.
Johan Meyer scored the first try, while Bredell Wessels ran in the second try and Brandon Groenewald scored both conversions.
With just four minutes left in the match, UNAM were awarded a penalty and Delron Brandt made no mistake from the spot as he opened their account. The half-time score was 14-3 in Wanderers' favour.
In the second half UNAM came back stronger as they attacked the home team, but it was Wanderers attack that paid off when Stefan Hattingh used his speed in the 53rd minute of the game to score their third try of the night to go 19-03 ahead.
Despite Wanderers taking a 16-point lead, UNAM continued fighting and their spirit paid off in the 62nd minute when Renier Benade put over a drop goal and substitute Bigman Kaura went over from a maul five minutes later to score a try. Lorenzo Louis made no mistake with the conversion and they closed the score to 19-18.
UNAM were awarded a penalty in the 71st minute and Louis put the ball over to put UNAM in the lead for the first time at 21-18.
Wanderers, who were humiliated 56-31 six days ago, however had the final say as their substitute Nandi Karuuombe used his speed to run in their final try of the night and take the lead once more. The conversion attempt was charged down, but Wanderers held on to their 24-21 win.