Tough Group B Matches in Store

The Rugby Premier League resumes on Saturday after a fortnight’s break with two tough matches in Group B which could go either way.

Log-leaders and defending champions Western Suburbs travel to Rehoboth to take on Reho Falcon, while second-placed Unam host Rehoboth.

In Group A, log-leaders United host Kudus at United Trustco Park, while Wanderers travel to the coast to take on Dolphins in Swakopmund.

After two rounds of matches, Group B is still wide open with only two points separating the top four teams.

Suburbs and Unam are both on six points, Reho Falcon are on five and Rehoboth on four points, with the result that any of the four teams can take over at the top following Saturday’s matches.

Suburbs gave a solid all-round performance when they beat Unam 41-16 on 15 March, but they will be wary of a Falcons side that is keen to re-establish itself amongst Namibia’s elite teams, after they were demoted to the Plate competition in the second round of last season.

Falcons beat Polytech 35-8 in their last outing and with attacking back line players like Anthony Brand, Greg Stein and Des Lee Beukes in its side, Suburbs’ defence will have to be at its best to contain them.

Suburbs however also have a potent back line, which, as they showed against Unam, is quick to capitalise on its opponents’ mistakes.

Suburbs also have a g pack of forwards that includes national players like Rathony Becker, Munee Tjiueza and Victor Rodrigues and former national Under 20 captain Thomasu Forbes, and will be confident of winning the forward battle.

At the Unam stadium in Windhoek, Unam face a tough match against Rehoboth.

Rehoboth are still unbeaten after beating Suburbs 21-17 in their opening match in Rehoboth, but Unam will be a tough proposition on their home turf.

Unam probably have the gest pack of forwards in the Premier League at the moment and gave Suburbs a torrid time in the scrums during their last encounter. Unam however made unnecessary elementary mistakes in their defeat against Suburbs, who exploited these to the full, and especially Unam’s backline will have to give a better performance against Rehoboth.

In Group A, log-leaders United are expected to stretch their lead when they host bottom-of-the-log Kudus in Olympia.

United surprised friend and foe alike when they beat Wanderers 19-12 in their last outing and now lead the log on 10 points, with Wanderers second on six points.

Wanderers will want to get back to winning ways after that defeat and are expected to defeat Dolphins, who lost 38-19 to coastal neighbours Walvis Bay in their only match to date.

All the matches start at 15h15 on Saturday afternoon.

Source : The Namibian