Kudus lost opening game

Rudi Bowe

The first team of Rehoboth Rugby Club got off to winning starts by beating the first team of Kudu Rugby Club 25-13 in their premier league game last Saturday at the Jan Wilken Stadium in Walvis Bay.

The game was interspersed by typical early season errors, with lots of handling errors and communication breakdowns and far too many penalties on both sides.
The try scores for Rehoboth scored Brandon Dentlinger, Ascher Coetzee, Cameron McNab and Dylan Farmer, Henrique Olivier was successful with one conversion and missed 3, and Xavier van Wyk was successful with one penalty.
Lorenco Calaca scored the only try for the home team with Aurelio Plato successful with a conversion and two penalties.
With the Rugby league resumed after a prolonged absence due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the matches were played in the absence of spectators.
Jarreth Koning from Kudus and Samile Loubscher and Titus Mathias from Rehoboth were sent to the sinbin after the referee Nicardo Pienaar warned both teams.
In the Reserve league Kudus 2 beat Rehoboth 28-17 with tries form Algernon Kolz (2), Sydney Halupe and Benito Bezuidenhoudt. Leroy Stevens was successful with one conversion and missed one, Lizardo Williams missed one conversion and Benito Bezuidenhoudt missed a conversion but was successful with two penalties.
Inside centre Milton Lucas and Titus Mathias scored for the visitors. Gurthley Beukes was successful with the conversion and Milton Lucas 1 penalty.
Eighteen year old Alexander Jansen who played his first game for the Kudus first team has put up an aggressive display and showed the coaches that he belong, as he did well in the lineouts a position he is not used to play in. He normally play as flank but on Saturday he played a lock.
The youngster said that he felt comfortable on the field and that he enjoyed the game. In two weeks he will be of to Windhoek to participate in a training camp for the under 20 national team of which he is a member.
The Kudus team manager Mano Calaca thanked the supporters for adhering to the call from the Kudus management not to attend the games. “We know it’s difficult but appreciate that our supporters respected the decision that was taken by the Namibian Rugby Union” Calaca said.
Kudu Rugby Club will be up against Wanderers in Windhoek on 24 April. They then play Suburbs in Windhoek on 8 May, Reho Falcons at home on 15 May and Unam at home on 22 May.

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