27 August 2013

Namibia: Rehoboth Go to the Top

Rehoboth deposed Western Suburbs at the top of the Rugby Premier League Cup log after a last gasp 30-26 victory against Western Suburbs on Saturday. Rehoboth seemed to be cruising to victory after taking an 18-6 lead at halftime but Suburbs produced a strong comeback to take a 26-23 lead in the final minutes.

Rehoboth however struck back in injury time when Charl Freygang broke away from a scrum and passed to flanker Huscit Visagie who dotted down to snatch the victory.

Rehoboth's other try scorers were wing Fabian Routh, who scored two and replacement wing Keathan Freygang, while Howard Titus added two conversions and a penalty and and McGeeghan Christiaans a drop goal.

Rehoboth's four tries gave them a bonus point and they are now top of the log on 21 points, while Suburbs go second on 19 points.

Suburbs scored two tries through centre Shaun Kaizemi and lock James Kisting, while Kaizemi added three penalties and two conversions, while wing Japhet Tjinho also added a drop goal. Suburbs coach Roger Thompson said that a lack of big match temperament cost them the match. "We lost a vital scrum in the final three minutes of the game that cost us. There was a lack of concentration and lack of temperament in pressure situations from our youngsters in the team, but I'm sure we will bounce back," he said.

"I believe our character as a team was tested today and unfortunately we fell short. But congratulations to Rehoboth, they showed character to snatch the win in the end," he added. United climbed two places to third on the log with an emphatic 52-21 victory against Unam at the Unam field.

United dominated from the start and scored some great tries, displaying some spectacular 15-man running rugby. United ran in eight tries to collect two bonus points and are now third on the log on 13 points. Unam are also on 13 points but with an inferior points aggregate. United's try scorers were flanker Ian van Wyk, wing Tuna Amutenya (two), centres Robbie Dickson and Martin Cronje, lock Stefan Neustadt, fullback Guillaume Nel and replacement back Arthur Bouwer.

Lock Winmar Rust added six conversions.

Unam scored three tries through replacement back Mbimbo Mbai, flanker Simon Kanime and eighthman Bwalya Bwalya, while flyhalf Heathlin Cloete added three conversions. Unam coach Werner Jeffrey said they were outplayed on the day.

"We didn't arrive for this match and they completely outplayed us. I think the long break in the league was not good and that also affected our performance," he said.

Jeffrey was however adamant that Unam was still in the running for the league title.

"We are now six points behind Suburbs, which we can make up in the remaining games, so we are still in the running," he said.

Meanwhile both scheduled Plate competition matches were postponed. The match between Dolphins and Walvis Bay in Swakopmund was postponed due to a funeral of a family member of one of the Dolphins players, while the match between Wanderers and Polytech was postponed on Wanderers' request since they did not have enough players.

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