Reigning Namibian rugby champions Unam will be determined to make it two in a row when the fired-up students confront title rivals Wanderers in the final of the Namibia Rugby Union Premiership title.
The White Stallions, as Wanderers are known in rugby circles, have been in scintillating form of late and an intriguing battle against the equally impressive Clever Boys could be on the cards.
The match slated for a neutral venue, the Hage Geingob Stadium, is a repeat of last year’s final that saw the students gallop past the same opponents with a comprehensive 37-23 triumph against the Pionierspark outfit in a tightly contested encounter.
However, Wanderers will go into the match with a measure of confidence, having fended off a first-half onslaught from the Clever Boys to come out victorious via a narrow 23-19 win against Johan Diergaardt’s fast-improved students in the first round earlier this year.
However, Unam took revenge in the second round – dispatching their opponents with a convincing 24-12 victory away from home. The students boast an exciting backline headed by find of the season, the versatile Unomasa Kavita (wing) Lorenza ‘Jingly’ Louis (fullback) TC Kisting (flyhalf) and fast-as-lightning winger Sylvano Beukes.
The White Stallions were dealt a major blow when the stalwart pair of Johan Tromp and JC Greyling withdrew from the squad on the evening of the final earlier this week.
The pair jointly received a tempting offer from struggling Super Rugby franchise Port Elizabeth-based Eastern Province Kings and has since left for South Africa. Wanderers are going into the final with mixed memories following their consecutive failed attempts in the last two seasons.
On the other hand, the Clever Boys are without the services of Cameron Klaasen, Lesley Klim, Muniovita Kasiringua and Leneve Dames. The quartet had been included in the Welwitschias’ Currie Cup Division One squad for yesterday’s away clash against hosts South Western Districts (SWD) in George, South Africa.