United, Wanderers to Meet in Final

United and Wanderers will meet in the final of the Namibian Rugby Premier League after

beating Western Suburbs and Rehoboth respectively in contrasting matches on Saturday.

At Suburbs Park, United beat defending champions Suburbs 37-32 in a thrilling match,

while Wanderers beat Rehoboth 35-15 in a bad tempered match at the Wanderers ground.

The results also signify a changing of the guard with Wanderers reaching their first

final in four years and United in five years. Suburbs on the other hand will now not

defend their title that they won for the past two years, while it will be the first time

in six years that Rehoboth will not play in the final.

In a great match at Suburbs Park, with some superb tries on both sides, United’s forward

dominance and great defence pulled them through in the end.

United dominated the scrums, pushing Suburbs pack for metres at a time, while they

defended superbly in the second half when Suburbs threw everything at them.

United eventually ran in four tries which were all converted by flanker Winmar Rust, who

also added three penalties for a personal tally of 17 points.

Suburbs replied with four tries, three of them converted by Justin Nel who also added two

penalties.

United took a 14-3 lead after two superb tries by Nandivatu Karuoombe and Tuna Amutenya

but Suburbs pulled back to 17-11 after a try by Nathan van Wyk and two penalties by

Justin Nel.

Suburbs took the lead for the first time at 18-17 after a superb solo try by flyhalf

Ascher Coetzee when he jinxed past three defenders to touch down, but United soon

regained the lead.

Lock Jandre Lamprecht touched down after breaking through the back line and with Winmar

Rust once again adding the conversion, United took a 24-18 lead at halftime.

Two more Rust penalties put United 30-18 ahead but Suburbs reduced the deficit to 30-25

after a converted try by wing Deveroux Jansen.

United eighthman Neethling Naude touched down after a forward maul to stretch United’s

lead to 37-25, and then had to withstand numerous onslaughts as Suburbs threw everything

at them in the final stages of the game.

Suburbs finally got a try by substitute Howard Gawachab after a fine counterattack led by

Victor Rodrigues, but it was not enough, as United held on for a great win that was

wildly celebrated by their players and fans.

At the Wanderers field, the home side beat Rehoboth 35-15 in a bad-tempered game.

Rehoboth hooker Werner Meyer was red carded while Wanderers flanker DG Wiese and scrum

half Eniell Buitendag were both yellow carded for foul play.

Wanderers held a 16-9 lead at halftime and eventually ran in four tries by hooker Theo

Coetzee, wing Lean Stoop, flyhalf Mahco Prinsloo and substitute prop Wors Engelbrecht.

Prinsloo added two penalties while his brother Heiko Prinsloo added two conversions.

For Rehoboth, scrumhalf Elrich Jansen and flanker Huscit Visagie scored tries while

fullback Fabian Routh added a conversion and a penalty.

Source : The Namibian