It was close for Kudus

Rudi Bowe

The Rugby Premier League got off to a thrilling start in Walvis Bay on Saturday as the premier league games between Kudus Rugby Club and University of Namibia (UNAM) went down to the wire.

FNB UNAM’s visit to Walvis Bay was successful as they beat Kudus 24-22 in a game that was dominated by the host Kudus.
Kudus, fullback Lloyd Jacobs scored two tries and eighth man Joshua Jacobs one, while fly half Ulriato Lawrence added one penalty and a conversion, and replacement back Rayton Paulse another conversion.
Unam scored four tries through fullback Lorenzo Louis, right wing Sunday Haitembu, centre Camlo Martin and Former Kudus player Chad Plato while Lorenzo Louis added only two conversions.
The reserve league game between Kudus 2 and UNAM 2 was a game with two halfs. The first half was won by UNAM as the half time score 17-7 in the favour of the visitors. The second half belonged to the home team as they won the game 24–22.
The Try scorers for the home team were Irwin Damants, Aston Makwiilongo in his debut game and Sidney Nalape with Leroy Stevens successfully with two conversions and a penalty and Haroen Gordon successful with one conversion.
The try scorers for Unam were Venomuinjo Mberiua, Buruxa Geiseb and Lee-Anzo Losper. Rodney Coetzee with Bjorn Kazondunge converted two tries.
Unam coach Johan Diergaardt said that both games were nail-biting but he was satisfied with the game.
Diergaardt added that “We played very good rugby but all credit goes to Kudus, as they showed immense character. It was a game of two halves, and if the ball bounced correctly they could have won, but thank God we won the Premier game.”
Diergaardt said that things fell apart during the second half. The team had numerous injuries which hampered our play but we are not using that as an excuse. Kudus made them work hard for the win and with about 14 of his players not present at this game, but would be working hard to make up for it.
Kudus coach Collin Stevens said it was a tight game against and that his team came late into the match and the first two tries from UNAM cost us the game.
“We were also playing away from our home field, and maybe if we did play at the House of Pain in Narraville, the outcome might have been different. With the score line, I can definitely see that we are growing and with the addition of the Erongo Rugby Academy team under the wing of Kudus, we are taking rugby in Narraville to greater heights”.
“At the end of the day rugby triumphed,” Stevens added.
In the first division, the Erongo Rugby Academy (ERA) played against Swakopmund’s Dolphins. Dolphins Rugby Club trashed ERA with a score of 20-0 in their first division clash at the Jan Wilken Stadium in Walvis Bay.
The try scorers for Dolphins were Randy Cowan, Elmo Gamiseb, Lorenco Klaase and Ashley van Wyk.
The SFC Vikings started their title defense on a successful note as they clinched a come-from-behind 31-24 victory over a spirited Sparta United this past weekend.
Coash Jaco Barnard said “Our boys really stuck to their guns in the second half to pull this one from the fire, especially our pack of forwards as they’ve put in all the hard work in order for us to grind out the win but all the credit to Sparta United, they will be a force to be reckoned with going forward in the competition”.
The Viking need to go back to the drawing board as they have to review a lot of aspects to their game plan.
The Vikings tries were scored through winger Ronaldo Diergaardt, locks Sheiton Besser and Lorenzo Groenewald, fly-half Kyle Wentzel and flanker Sean de Klerk. With De Klerk’s try the winning score of the match.
Kudus will travel to Windhoek this coming weekend for a clash against Wanderers on Saturday. The Vikings will go up against neighbouring rivals Dolphin Rugby Club at the SFC in Swakopmund for a tough as local Swakop derby and the Walvis derby between ERA and Sparta United will be at the Jan Wilken Stadium in Walvis Bay. Both games will start at 15:00 on Saturday 6 April.

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