UNAM won Chandler Plato trophy

The FNB Kuduspremier league team last Saturday has lost their fourth game in the Namibia Rugby Union (NRU) premier league against top of the log UNAM at the Jan Wilken stadium in Walvis Bay.

Log leaders, FNB UNAM scored five tries against one to fend off the attack of FNB Kudus for a 29-8 to remained on top of the log on 25 points and to become the winner of the Chandler Plato trophy.
The lost has left FNB Kudu 6th on the log with 6 points that put the harbour town team out of contention for a place in the semi-final.  FNB Kudu Head Coach Henry Kemp was very proud of his team’s performance and felt that if they played all the games with the same guts and spirit the log standing could have been different.
Kemp said “The guys played their heart out and I don’t think Unam expected this performance. The forwards gave their best until the end and I think the final score was higher than it should have been.”
“UNAM’s players are obviously better conditioned than Kudus. We have a lot of work ahead of us, but it already looks better” Kemp said.

UNAM’s Head Coach Johan Diergaardt says the first minutes were an uphill battle but “I take my hat off to our forwards and Kudus made us work hard in a very exciting match. “
The points for the home come from unconverted try by Centre Justin Newman and a penalty kick by fly half Aurelio Plato.
Left wing Shareave Titus touching down twice, with centre Darryl Wellmann, lock Simon Haitembu and hooker Shaun van Wyk once each, while fullback Lorenzo Louis added two conversions.
The well-known Plato rugby family, who lost their father Chandler Plato to Covid-19 last year, donated a floating trophy to his memory that will henceforth be at stake in matches between the two premier league teams UNAM and Kudus.
The Plato family also sponsored a cash price for the players of the game and this year the player of the day was Cameron Langenhoven from UNAM.
The win over Kudus made UNAM the first recipient of the Chandler Plato trophy as well as a cash price for a welfare organisation of their choice.
The widow of the late Chandler Plato, Lovina Plato said that Rugby was her husband’s passion and she and her boys are glad they can honour her late husband’s memory.
Me Plato said “The late Chandler’s two sons currently play for opposing teams with Aurelio for Kudus and Chad for Unam.”
“Going forward, even if the boys are not playing in the two teams, this is a tradition we would like to continue when Unam and Kudus play” Ms Plato said.
FNB Kudus 2 lost their game in the Namibia Rugby Union reserve league 14-7 against UNAM 2 in a hard fourth game last Saturday at the Jan Wilken stadium in Walvis Bay.
Scrum-half Daniel September opened the scoring with a try for Kudus with fly-half Ulriato Lawrence successful with the conversion. Full-back Aljerreau Zaahl and Ilonga Abraham each scored a try for the visiting team with Aljerreau Zaahl successful with both conversions.

The FNB Kudu Bokkies beat the UNAM Steenbokkies 10 – 5 in a tough encounter in the Namibia Rugby Union (NRU) women’s league last Saturday at the Jan Wilken Stadium in Walvis Bay.
The win was a second for the Kudu Bokkies and a confidence boaster after their defeat against Rehoboth two weeks ago.
Tammy Roodt and Merilees Govender were the try scorers for the Bokkies with Prisca Gamchamus scored the only try for the Steenbokkies. Both fly-halves were unsuccessful with the conversions.

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