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Back to business in rugby league

2022-05-06  Otniel Hembapu

Back to business in rugby league
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It will be a battle of contrasting prognoses when action resumes in the Namibia Premier Rugby League tomorrow, with table-toppers Kudus eyeing to continue with their good run against Reho Falcon, who are fighting to uproot themselves from the basement.

The two sides will lock horns tomorrow at the Jan Wilken Stadium in Walvis Bay, with the visiting Reho Falcon gunning to dust themselves off with a win that could lift them from the relegation zone.

But it will not be a walk in the park for the Rehoboth-based outfit, as Kudus have been in fine form and will be aiming to further solidify their stay at the top of the log table. 

Tomorrow’s encounter, therefore, presents a scenario where the two sides will be fighting for two different outcomes, and that places it amongst this weekend’s top-drawer fixtures. 

Another epic battle can also be expected between second-placed Wanderers and fourth-placed Western Suburbs, who will both be fighting to improve their standings within the top four on the table. Both clubs are currently sitting with 11 points apiece and are only separated by third-placed Grootfontein Rugby Club, who also have 11 points. 

Wanderers, who will be at home tomorrow, will be under pressure to beat Suburbs so that they can catch up with leaders Kudus, while Suburbs on the other hand will be vying for a win that could see them move within second place on the log.

Other weekend fixtures will see sixth-placed Rehoboth taking on Grootfontein in Rehoboth, and fifth-placed Unam will tomorrow take to the field to confront seventh-placed United at Unam stadium in the capital. 

The most recent league title holders in the Namibia Premier Rugby League are Unam (2015, 2016, 2017), Wanderers (2018), and United (2019). During 2020, no league matches were played due to the Covid 19 pandemic, while the 2021 season was interrupted by another mid-season lockdown due to the virus, as well as marred by an end-of-season controversy around ineligible players. 

- ohembapu@nepc.com.na


2022-05-06  Otniel Hembapu

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