Namibian Rugby Premier League outfit Trustco United outclassed their opponent Western Suburbs with a 24-17 win on Saturday, to finish the season in second place.
United who have been third throughout the season on the log standing, overcame a resilient Suburbs who had them on the back foot throughout the first and beginning of the second half.
Suburbs had a short trip from Khomasdal to the Trustco United Sports Ground in Olympia, where they opened the scoring just 17 minutes into the first half with a try which was converted. But the home team responded with a try of their own, and their conversion was missed.
The visitors Suburbs once again ran in a try before the half-time break, but the conversion was missed. The half-time score was 12-5 in favour of Suburbs.
In the second half Suburbs only managed to run in one try, and the conversion was once again missed while United who were playing in front of a handful of their supporters ran in three tries and converted two of their conversions for a final score of 24-17.
The Suburbs try scorers were Jayden Links and Gino Wilson who ran in two tries while Justin Nel converted once from the spot. United’s tries were scored by Hanno Husselman, Gerhard Thirion (two tries) and Dean Blom. Their conversions came from the feet of Hanreco van Zyl and Jahno du Plessis.
With a win against Suburbs, the Olympia-based outfit booked themselves a spot in the semi-finals against Kudus whom they poked from second to third place. Wanderers finished the season top of the log standing and will clash with Rehoboth who finished fourth on the log.
The semi-finals are scheduled for the weekend of 19 August 2023, with the final to be played on 26 August 2023 at the Hage Geingob Stadium in Olympia.
Teams that did not qualify for the playoffs are UNAM who finished fifth, Suburbs who finished sixth, Grootfontein that finished seventh, and Reho Falcons at the bottom of the log.
Source: The Namibian Press Agency