Wanderers Go Top After Thrashing Walvis Bay

Wanderers went to the top of Group B in the Namibian Premier League rugby competition after thrashing Walvis Bay 83-0 at home on Saturday.

Wanderers were far too g for Walvis Bay, running in 13 tries in total, to take over from United at the top of Group B.

Wanderers dominated from the start with their heavier pack winning regular possession from the set-pieces, while their quick back line put in some incisive attacks.

With national lock Nico Esterhuysen and their young Australian recruit Ulrich Engels dominating the line-outs, and their powerful pack pushing Walvis Bay back at will in the scrums, they had the lion’s share of possession which they soon turned into points on the board.

Wanderers’ powerful centre Johan Tromp opened the scoring with an early try and from there on it was a one-way procession. Tromp completed a hat trick of tries and added two conversions for a personal haul of 19 points, while fullback Lean Stoop also had a great game, scoring two tries and five conversions for a tally of 20 points.

National U20 centre Handre Bezuidenhout and replacement winger Riaan van Zyl scored two tries each, while prop Adriaan Engelbrecht, wing Dirk Human, scrumhalf Eniel Buitendag and flanker Faan Horn scored one try each. Replacement fullback Heico Prinsloo added two conversions.

In another Group B match, Kudus beat Dolphins 32-15 at the coast, running in five tries in the process.

Wanderers now lead Group B with 18 points from four matches, three points ahead of United who were off this weekend and have a game in hand.

Kudus and Walvis Bay are both on five points, while Dolphins still have to open their account.

In a thrilling Group A match, Rehoboth beat Reho Falcon 24-21 after a last minute penalty by scrumhalf Howard Titus.

There was not much to choose between the two sides who scored two tries apiece and went into halftime at 18-all.

After penalties by Titus and Reho Falcons centre Des lee Beukes took the score to 21-all the match seemed to be heading for a draw before Titus slotted great penalty from the touchline to give Rehoboth a late victory.

For Rehoboth, centre Keathan Freygang and lock Gert de Waal scored tries, while Titus added three penalties, one drop goal and one conversion.

For Reho Falcons, fullback Greg Stein and wing Russel van Wyk scored tries while centre Des Lee Beukes added two penalties and a conversion and Collin de Koe one penalty.

In another Group A match, Western Suburbs took maximum points after their opponents Polytech failed to turn up for their match.

Western Suburbs still lead Group A with 16 points from four matches, followed by Rehoboth (12 from three matches), and Reho Falcon and Unam who are each on seven points from three matches.

Source : The Namibian