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Wanderers, United stay on Unam’s tail

FNB Wanderers and Trustco United both recorded hard-fought victories in the Women’s Rugby League on Saturday, to stay in touch with log leaders FNB Unam. 

Wanderers had to withstand a strong challenge before beating FNB Rehoboth 15-0 on their home field in Pionierspark, while United prevailed with a 19-0 victory against FNB Kudus at Walvis Bay. 

The results put Wanderers and United on 28 points from seven matches each, and three points behind log leaders Unam, who have a match in hand. 

At the Wanderers field the home side came up against a spirited Rehoboth side who defended courageously throughout. 

Wanderers dominated possession as well as the set-pieces, with their pack pushing Rehoboth back metres at a time in the scrums, but the visitors refused to be intimidated and took the game to Wanderers.

A promising early backline attack broke down due to a knock-on, while Rehoboth rightwing Ze-Zane Lewin’s pressure on Wanderers fullback Chriszenthia Bassingthwaighte nearly resulted in a try.

Lourensia Rooinasie captain of Wanderers women’s rugby team and Ze-Zane Lewin captain of Rehoboth interviewed after Wanderers won their match 15-0 on 24.06.23. Video: Helge Schütz

Wanderers, however, took the lead midway through the first half when centre Yanneke Lawrence broke through the backline and sent leftwing Liezel Tauxas away for a try, which Sune Wittmann failed to convert. 

Wittmann, however, soon added a penalty to give Wanderers a 8-0 halftime lead. 

Wanderers camped on Rehoboth’s tryline in the second half, but struggled to break through the visitors’ committed defence.

Wanderers rightwing Shandre Jantjies put in a strong attack, while flanker Waemy Haidonga was held up just short of the line, but Wanderers’ pressure finally told when flanker Memory Tjivikua went over after relentless attacks by Wanderers’ forwards. Wittmann added the conversion to give Wanderers a hard-fought 15-0 victory. 

United meanwhile also faced stiff opposition at Walvis Bay before beating Kudus 19-0. 

United, who led 12-0 at halftime, scored three tries through centre Marney Tjauha, eighthman Geraldine Louw and flyhalf Michelle Slinger, who added two conversions. 

Kudus are now fourh on the log on 13 points, while Rehoboth are fifth on 10 points. 

Unam, who thrashed Grootfontein Bokkies 109-0 last weekend, still comfortably lead the log on 31 points from six matches and a staggering points aggregate of +328.