Kudus and United play out to thrilling stalemate

Trusco United Rugby Club and Walvis Bay based Kudus played to a 38 all draw in their Namibian Rugby Premier League fixture at the Trusco United Sports field in Olympia on Saturday.

Going into their fixture United were third on the log with 42 points and has already secured a place in the semi-final's while Kudu's needed a win to improve their position on the log standing.

The Walvis Bay based outfit opened the scoring early in the first half with a penalty by Aurelio Plato which was later backed up with a try from Chesbrough Lawrence and Plato scored the conversion for Kudus 10-point lead in the early minutes of the match.

Despite Kudu's being dominant in the opening stage of the first half the home team managed to put points on the score board through a try by Shaun van Rooi and Winmar Rust made no mistake with the spot kick.

United ran in their second try just minutes before the half time break but Rust failed to convert from the spot. Despite Rust missing the conversion United went to the halt time break with a two-point lead.

The half-time score was 12-10 in United's favour.

In the second half the home team came out the more dominant outfit continuing were they left off in the first half with an early try from Hanreco van Zyl but the conversion was once again missed by Rust.

Kudu then replied with their own try after brilliant play from the centre of the field saw RaytonPaulse beating the Uniteddefence for a brilliant try and Plato converted from the spot to take the score to 17 all.

With Kudus showing their strength throughout the match United upped their game and ran in two tries through Carlton Stevens and Dean Blom. Rust converted from all the tries.

Kudus bounced back with a try from Lawrence and Plato once again made no mistake with the conversion as he closed down the score margin to United. With only five minutes left in the game United scored their last try of the match through substitute Jan Theron and Stevens scored the conversion.

Kudus hard work and determination on the day paid off with a try in the last minutes of the game after brilliant passing from the left of the field to the right found Cameron Stevens who ran in their final try of the day which Plato converted to make the score 38-38.

With that result United are still third on the log on 45 points while UNAM are top on 48 points and Wanderers are second with 47 points.

Source: Namibia Press Agency