Trustco United Surge Ahead

Trustco United have surged ahead in the Namibia Rugby Premier League title race, having opened up an 11-point lead at the top of the log.

United beat Reho Falcon 30-11 last Saturday to move up to 32 points on the log – 11 points ahead of their closest challengers.

It was the defending champions’ seventh win in eight matches, while they have now amassed 232 points and conceded 152 for a points difference of 80.

United scored three tries through flanker Petrus Human, lock Stefan Neustadt and substitute scrumhalf PJ Janse van Rensburg, while lock Winmar Rust added 15 points with the boot.

United’s victory was once again built around their solid pack while their backline looked sharp in attack.

Up front, Stefan Neustadt and Morne Blom excelled in the lineouts and the loose, while Tuna Amutenya and Robbie Dickson made some telling attacks in the backline.

With two-thirds of the season completed, United have emerged as the favourites to retain their title while a semifinal spot is now a foregone conclusion.

The race for the other three semifinal spots is however wide open with four teams now separated by just one point. Kudus, Unam and Western Suburbs are all on 21 points while Wanderers are on 20 points.

Kudus pulled off another shock victory when they beat Unam 29-10 on their home ground at the Narraville Stadium, also know as the ‘House of Pain.’

It was their second consecutive home victory after they beat Wanderers 16-13 last month, while they also picked up a bonus point for scoring four tries.

Flanker Immo Dresselhaus, scrumhalf Reyton Paulse, prop Mark Nangoro and flyhalf Aurelio Plato scored their tries, while Plato added three conversions and one penalty.

Kudus also have a match in hand on the leaders and will fancy their chances of making the playoffs.

For Unam, prop Hauta Veii scored a try and flyhalf Henrique Olivier a penalty and conversion.

After a promising start that saw them leading the log in the early stages, Unam have now suffered two consecutive defeats, after losing 21-15 to Suburbs on 30 May. They are now marginally behind Kudus on points difference, and just ahead of Western Suburbs, who beat Rehoboth 24-6 in Rehoboth on Saturday.

Rehoboth seemed to be heading for victory when they led 6-5 with 15 minutes remaining, but Suburbs finished ger, running in four tries to pick up a bonus point.

Prop Delano Coetzee, eighthman Igon Cloete and centres Delano Coetzee and Justin Nel scored their tries while Nel added two conversions. For Rehoboth, fullback Nazeem Swartz scored two penalties.

After a poor start to the league, that saw them trailing in fifth position at the end of the first round, Suburbs are now back in the race, and with four home matches remaining at Suburbs Park, they too, will be g candidates to book a semifinal place.

Wanderers, who were inactive last weekend, are fifth on the log on 20 points but they have a game in hand on the front runners and last season’s losing finalists will

also will fancy their chances of making the semifinals.

The two Rehoboth clubs are both struggling at the foot of the table and seemingly out of the title race.

Bottom-placed Rehoboth having only won one match and are on six points, while Reho Falcon are on 11 points and have a lot of ground to make up on the front runners.

The Premier League takes a break this weekend and will continue with Round Nine on 20 June.

Namibia Rugby Premier League – 2015

Team P W D L F A P

1 United 8 7 1 0 232 152 32

2 Kudus 7 4 0 3 170 153 21

3 Unam 8 4 1 3 158 142 21

4 Western Suburbs 8 4 0 4 162 188 21

5 Wanderers 7 4 0 3 185 136 20

6 Reho Falcon 8 2 0 6 118 180 11

7 Rehoboth 8 1 0 7 130 204 6

Source : The Namibian