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United go top in Women’s Rugby League

Trustco United took over at the top of the women’s rugby log, after former leaders FNB Unam suffered their first defeat of the season on Saturday. 

United were in great form on their home ground in Olympia, running out commanding 64-5 winners against FNB Grootfontein Bokkies.

United, who led 33-0 at half time, ran in a total of 10 tries, with fullback Roberta Fabio, rightwing Marney Tjauha, flyhalf Michelle Slinger and scrumhalf Fulchen Bock each scoring two tries, while centre Tishina Basson and eighthman Geraldine Louw scored one try each. 

Slinger added five conversions for a personal tally of 20 points, while Bock added two conversions. 

The victory put United at the top of the log on 34 points after former log leaders Unam lost 20-8 to Wanderers at the Unam Stadium. 

Centre Sune Wittmann gave Wanderers the lead with a penalty, but a try by prop forward Chanteline Engelbrecht put Unam 5-3 ahead.

Wanderers regained the lead through a try and conversion by Wittmann to take a 10-5 lead at the half time break. 

Wanderers started to gain the upper hand in the second half and further tries by winger Lizzie Tauchas and prop Naemy Haindongo put them 20-5 ahead before eighthman Mandy Hansen added a consolation penalty for Unam in the closing stages. 

The win saw Wanderers remaining second on the log on 32 points from eight matches, while Unam drop down to third position on 31 points, although they have a match in hand on both United and Wanderers. 

In another match at the coast Kudus Bokkies beat Oceans Rugby 36-0 to go fourth on the log, although they are well behind the leaders, on 18 points. 

They are followed by Rehoboth on 10 points, Oceans Rugby on eight and Grootfontein on two points. 

With about a third of the fixtures now remaining, the league has developed into a three-horse title race between United, Wanderers and Unam.