Wanderers Rugby Club now a point away from log leaders

Wanderers Rugby Club are just within a point of UNAM on the Namibia Rugby Premier League log standing after the Pioneers Park team got the better of their rivals on Friday night.

After being humiliated on Saturday at the UNAM Stadium the two teams clashed again on Friday at the Wanderers Stadium in their second-round league match. Wanderers shook off their Saturday disappointment as they beat their opponents 24-21.

The win now puts Wanderers just within a point of the log leaders UNAM. The University of Namibia outfit are on 47 points, while Wanderers are second on 46 points and United trail five points behind log leaders on 42 points.

On Friday night at the Wanderers Sports field it was a match of two half's as the home team dominated the first half with their impressive defence keeping UNAM at bay. Wanderers opened the scoring in the 28th minute and doubled it on 30th minute.

Johan Meyer scored the first try while BredellWessels ran in the second try and Brandon Groenewald scored both conversions.

With just four minutes left in the match UNAM were awarded a penalty and Delron Brandt made no mistake from the spot as he opened their account. The half time score was 14-3 in Wanderers' favour.

In the second half UNAM came back the stronger side as they attacked the home team but it was Wanderers attack that paid of when Stefan Hattingh used his speed in the 53rd minute of the game to score their third try of the night in the right-hand corner to go 19-3 ahead.

Despite Wanderers taking a 16-point lead UNAM, continued fighting and their never give up spirit paid off in the 62nd minute when RenierBenade put over a drop goal and substitute BigmanKaura went over from a maul five minutes later to score a try and Lorenzo Louis made no mistake with the conversion as they closed down the score to19-18.

UNAM were awarded a penalty in the 71st minute and Louis put the ball over to put UNAM in the lead for the first time at 21-18.

Wanderers, who were humiliated 56-31 six days ago however, had the final say on the night as their substitute Nandi Karuuombe used his speed to run in their final try of the night and take the lead once more. The conversion attempt was charged down, but Wanderers held on to their 24-21 win.

Source: Namibia Press Agency