Unam, United storm into the finals

25 Aug 2019 13:10pm
WINDHOEK, 25 AUG (NAMPA) – The University of Namibia (UNAM) Rugby Club and Trusco United qualified for the 2019 Namibia Rugby Premier League final following semi-final victories over Rehoboth Rugby Club and Wanderers respectively at the Hage Geingob Stadium in the capital on Saturday.

In the first semi-final match of the day, UNAM were made to work hard for their victory by a motivated Rehoboth Rugby Club but prevailed by a 20-25 margin to book their spot in the final.

Rehoboth had gone into the halftime time leading 14-7.

Paolo Andrews, Sunday Haitembu and Simon Kanime scored UNAM’s tries, while Lorenzo Luis scored two conversions and Reiner Benade added a drop goal, with substitute Delron Brandt scoring a penalty.

Rehoboth Rugby Club scored their only try through Julian Afrikaner with Henrique Olivier adding three penalties and Ascher Coetzee chipping in with two drop goals.

In the second semi-final, Trustco United defeated defending champions Wanderers by a 35-27 score line after leading 16-13 at halftime in a physically demanding match which saw Wanderers suffer a red card in the first half.

Dirk de Meyer was shown a red card while United’s duo of Gerhard Thirion and Dean Blom were sin binned as the temperatures threatened to reach boiling point.

United Captain Winmar Rust scored seven penalties and converted two tries (scored by Naude Neethling and Hanreco van Zyl) for a personal haul of 25 points.

Wanderers scored their tries through Lean Stoop, Dian van Solms and Nandi Karuuombe.

MP Pretorius converted two tries and scored one penalty (seven points), while Elmarco Beukes scored one conversion and one penalty (five points) for Wanderers as they crashed out of the competition.

UNAM and Trustco United will now meet in the final on 31 August at the Hage Geingob Stadium.