30 March 2012

Namibia: Rugby Sparks Expected to Fly

Windhoek — There is very little love lost between across-town rivals Rehoboth Rugby Club and incumbent Namibia Rugby Board (NRB) MTC Premier League champions Reho Falcons and sparks are expected to fly when the two old foes clash at the Rehoboth Stadium tomorrow.

Matches between these two rugby giants never fail to ignite the paying customers and the annual Rehoboth derby has become a much-anticipated appointment on the local sports calendar.

Rehoboth are still licking their wounds after being narrowly beaten by Falcons in the final of the MTC Premier League match last season, and would be looking to avenge that defeat.

The derby also doubles up as the prestigious annual Jarman Floating Trophy, which gives the winner the bragging rights among the rugby-crazed town's revelers.

Although both sides have been quite in the pre-season, the pick of the NRB MTC Premier League clashes is doubtlessly the Rehoboth derby where no quarter will be asked or given.

Elsewhere, Wanderers are looking to set the record straight after they suffered a rare home defeat against traditional rivals United in the annual derby a fortnight ago.

The White Stallions entertained a rejuvenated United Rugby Fifteen at the Wanderers ground in one of the opening fixtures in the NRB MTC Premier League that boasts no less than four mouth-watering derbies.

Ambitious Khomasdal-based club Western Suburbs are at home to rivals Unam at Suburbs Park in Khomasdal. Suburbs appear to have a new lease of life under the tutorship of former South West Africa scrumhalf Walter Don, who led Suburbs to a convincing victory against the very same opponents earlier this year.

The league's new boys Dolphins Rugby Club welcomes the visiting Kudus in a coastal derby at the Dolphin Park in Swakopmud, to complete the weekend's line-up.

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