UNAM’s senior rugby team made it through to the rugby premier finals after a hard-fought battle for victory against Rehoboth at the University Sports Grounds on Saturday, 16 October 2021.
The 27-24 win came after a match that featured a fair amount of initiatives from both sides and impressive defences resulting in the lead changing hands several times throughout the match.
UNAM’s quick passing and crafty lines of attack stretched Rehoboth’s defence on various occasions, but the orange geared team was always up for the battle, tallying both team’s possession to an equal. The game of tries and tackles hung in the balance until a last-minute penalty by Lorenzo Louis, which gave UNAM that much needed 3 points for a victory.
This win came after an equally riveting match between Kudu Rugby club and UNAM’s 2nd team, which the Kudu’s won 16-15.
The occasion was supported by a crowd of rugby fans, who travelled far and wide to support each of the semi-finalists in this nerve-wracking endeavour to the 2021 Rugby Championship – a cup that UNAM has retained for 3 years since 2015 and are battling to regain.
“It was a tough game, but we are extremely proud of the boys for winning this one. We look forward to the finals”, said UNAM coach, Johan Diergaardt.
The final is slated for Saturday, 23 October 2021, in which two of UNAM’s teams will feature against Sparta and Wanderers, respectively. The battle for the championship title will take place at Hage Geingob Stadium. See you there!