Epic Battle Expected in Momentum Final

THE highlight on the Namibian schools rugby calender, the Momemtum Rugby Board Trophy finals, takes place at the Hage Geingob Stadium this weekend, with Windhoek Gymnasium meeting Elnatan in the under 19 Super League final tomorrow afternoon.

The two teams weigh up very evenly and with very little to choose between them, a close final can be expected.

Windhoek Gymnasium will be going all out to win the trophy for the first time in their history, after they lost two previous finals against Windhoek High School in 2011 and 2012.

Elnatan, the private school from Stampriet, won the trophy for the first and only time in 2006, although they were the losing finalists last year against WHS.

The two sides met once in this year’s league competition in Stampriet, when Windhoek Gymnasium scored two late tries to win the match 22-15, after Elnatan had led 15-8 for most the match.

Elnatan’s coach Johan Adriaanse said they had learnt a lot from that defeat.

“We were very unlucky in that match, but we learnt a lot and got to know their playing style,” he said.

Windhoek Gymnasium were the form team earlier this season and remained unbeaten during the league, but Elnatan have improved a lot and looked more impressive during last weekend’s semifinals.

Elnatan beat Walvis bay 35-12 while Windhoek Gymnasium struggled to overcome Tsumeb Gymnasium 16-3.

Windhoek Gymnasium have seven Craven Week players, while eighthman and captain Johan Retief represented Namibia at the World junior Rugby trophy in Hong Kong this year.

Other star players include fullback and vice captain Divan Rossouw, centre Milan van Wyk, flyhalf Henrique Olivier, flankers Valarius de Vries and Herle Otto and locks Thomas van der Weshuizen and Wesley Mupewa.

Elnatan also have an experienced team which includes five Craven Week players, while eight players have been capped more than 50 times for the school.

Their stand-out players include centre and captain Brendan du Plessis, centre Janry du Toit, fullback PW Steenkamp, wing and vice captain Adriaan Booysen, and hooker Jandre van Wyk.

Elnatan’s coach Johan Adriaanse said they were well prepare and looking forward to the game.

“Our preparations have gone well, we don’t have any injuries and everyone is fit and ready for the match. It’s a great achievement for a small rural school like ours to make the final and everyone is excited and looking forward to the match,” he said.

Adriaanse said they had a plan to counter Windhoek Gymnasium.

Source : The Namibian