A STUNNING first half performance saw Western Suburbs beating United 34-5 at the Trustco United field on Saturday to book their place in the final of this year's Rugby Premier League Cup competition.
Suburbs ran in four first half tries to take a 29-0 lead at the break and although United gave a better second half performance, the result was never in doubt.
It was a clinical and focused performance by the defending champions, who outplayed United in all areas of the game.
They took an early lead when centre Johan Tromp cut through the backline for a try, and although Shaun Kaizemi missed the conversion, he soon added a penalty to put them 8-0 ahead.
With Suburbs forwards stamping their authority on the set pieces, their backline also got in on the act as they launched some stunning counter attacks.
A great run by fullback Japhet Tjinho put left wing Deveroux Jansen over for a try, and then the two exchanged roles, as Jansen broke through the defence to put Tjinho away for a try.
United received a blow when lock Ian van Wyk was sent off for 10 minutes for foul play halfway through the first half, and although United had some scoring opportunities, they could not break through Suburbs solid defence.
Suburbs effectively put the issue beyond doubt after 30 minutes when right wing Cedric Haraseb touched down in the right hand corner after quick second phase possession and with Kaizemi adding the conversion they held a commanding 29-0 lead at the break.
United were more committed after the break but seldom looked like scoring.
Suburbs went further ahead after Mune Tjiueza scored their fifth try from a storming run, but United finally got on the scoresheet with 12 minutes remaining when centre Robbie Dickson touched down.
The result saw Suburbs collecting a bonus point to finish on top of the log on 30 points and they will now meet Rehoboth in the final. Rehoboth finished second on 26 points and United finished third on 22 points.
Suburbs coach Roger Thompson said they were determined to reach the final.
"It's a wonderful opportunity to be in the final again this year. We went into the game with the mindset that we want to reach the final and it was a clinical performance by our guys in the first half although there were a couple of mistakes here and there."
"But the second half we were nowhere and I think United came back, not that strong but they kept us busy in the second half. So going into the final we will definitely have to work on playing in the last 40 minutes in the second half as well, just to finish the game off strongly," he said.
Thompson said that Rehoboth, would be tough opponents in the final.
"Rehoboth are definitely no strangers to finals, they know how to perform there and they are also very clinical, especially in finals when they pitch up and want to play rugby on the day. It's difficult to prepare for a team like Rehoboth because you don't really know what they will bring to the park on a specific day. But we will just keep to our structures again, I think our defence was superb today and we kept United from scoring for about 70 minutes and thats a big thumbs up for the guys," he said.
"Rehoboth have got a very potent backline with a lot of speed out wide, so I believe they will definitely look to take the ball out wide on the outside. They also have a big pack who can keep the ball amongst the forwards, but we will be clinical, with the time that we have, we will do the preparation for the final and we hope to win it again this year," he added.
In another Premier League Cup match, Unam beat Kudus 29-7 in Walvis Bay.
Unam ran in four tries through Mbimbo Mbai, Heathlin Cloete, Harry Alcock and Bapsie Kauovua, while Heathlin Cloete added three conversions and one penalty.