Falcons Pip Unam to Playoff Spot

Reho Falcon qualified for the playoffs by the skin of their teeth after a dramatic 29-28 victory against Unam on Saturday.

A converted try by centre Greg Stein with seven minutes remaining gave them the victory which saw them pip Unam to third place in Group B and a place in the play-offs.

Both teams scored four tries, but Falcons’ place kicking was better, as Stein added three conversions and one try for a personal tally of 14 points.

In a match of fluctuating fortunes, Falcons took the lead through a Stein penalty, but Unam struck back through two fine tries by centre Mbimbo Mbai to go 10-3 ahead.

Falcons drew level through a converted try by wing Anthony Brandt, and then regained the lead to go 17-10 ahead at the break after a converted try by centre Heini Bock.

Unam reduced the deficit through a try by flanker Peter Namundjimbo and when lock Kevin de Klerk scored a try, converted by Mbai, they went 22-17 ahead.

Mbai added a penalty to stretch their lead to 25-17, but Falcons struck back through a try by flanker Denzil van Wyk to reduce the gap to 25-22.

A penalty by Mbai put Unam 28-22 ahead before Stein’s final try, which he converted with a great kick from the touchline to give Falcons a 29-28 victory.

The win saw Falcons finish third on the log on 21 points, behind log leaders Western Suburbs on 36 points and Rehoboth on 31 points. Rehoboth obtained maximum bonus points after Polytech forfeited their match.

In Group A, Kudus grabbed the third and final playoff spot on 16 points after beating Walvis Bay 71-3 at the coast.

Dolphins finished fourth on 12 points after being hammered 113-14 by United in Windhoek. United ran in 17 tries to two for maximum bonus points and finished second on the log on 38 points. Wing Nandivatu Karuuombe scored four tries, centre Tuna Amutenya scored three tries, and local Winmar Rust scored 28 points through two tries and nine conversions.

Wanderers topped Group A on 40 points.

In a non-league match Wanderers sent out an emphatic warning to defending champions Western Suburbs when they won their FNB derby 35-6 at the Wanderers field.

Wanderers scored five tries through Riaan van Zyl (two), Theo Coetzee, Johan Tromp and Handre Bezuidenhout, while Tromp added a penalty and Mahco Prinsloo two conversions and a penalty.

Justin Nel scored two penalties for Western Suburbs.

Source : The Namibian

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