Kudus suffer defeat
30 May 2021 | Sports
Henry Kemp; Coach, FNB Kudus; “I am proud of the boys as they showed significant improvement…”
The FNB Kudus rugby club suffered a triple defeat against Sparta and the University of Namibia (Unam) rugby club in Walvis Bay on Saturday.
Sparta clinched a 33 – 8 victory over Kudus 3 in the first game of the day.
The game was marred with yellow (4) and red (1) cards.
The Sparta try scorers were fullback Ronaldo Britze, right wing Lee-Anzo Losper, inside centre Malcolm Moore, number 8 Charlton Brussel and flanker Radahwaan Mouton. Outside centre Xander Coetzee converted four tries.
Left wing Ethan Franz crashed over for Kudus and scrum-half Llewellyn Koopman managed to score a penalty for his team.
This was the first game for the Kudus III players and it will be their last for some time, since contact sports have again been prohibited due to Covid-19.
The Kudu Bokkies clinched a 10 – 5 victory over the Unam Steenbokkies.
The Unam ladies opened with a try by centre Prisca Gamchamus, before the Kudu ladies retaliated with a try by their lock, Tammy Roodt.
Just before the end of the game, scrum-half Merilees Govender managed to break through Unam’s defence line and scored another try.
This sealed the deal for the ladies.
“It was a tough game. The girls really starting playing their brand of rugby in the second half. The win is very welcome, especially after our defeat against Rehoboth. We will stay positive until we can play rugby again,” acting coach Mita Rios and team member Anthea Shoombe commented.
Kudus 2 and Unam 2, both put up a fight but the latter managed to claim a victory of 14 – 7 in the reserve league game.
Scrum-half Daniel September opened the scoring with a try for Kudus, which fly-half Ulriato Lawrence converted. Full-back Aljerreau Zaahl and Ilonga Abraham each scored a try for Unam. Zaahl managed both conversions.
Unam and Kudus locked heads in the premier league division for the final game of the day, with the former emerging victorious with a score of 29 – 8.
Unam’s right wing Chad Plato and Kudus’ second row Lezardo Vos were both red carded, after engaging in a fight shortly after Unam scored a try during the first half.
The Kudus try scorer was outside centre Justin Newman with fly-half Aurelio Plato converting a penalty.
Unam managed to score five tries.
Outside centre Darryl Wellman, left wing Shareave Titus (two tries), second row Simon Haitembu and hooker Shaun van Wyk visited the chalked line; full-back Lorenzo Louis converted two of the tries.
Unam head coach Johan Diergaardt said the game did not start well for them. “I take my hat off for our forwards. They worked hard. Kudus gave us a tough time. It was a very tense game.”
Diergaardt says that he does not know who and based on what scientific facts government decided to prohibit contact sports. “The NRU is failing us again. They did not fight enough for contact sports. The announcement came as a surprise for the NRU. I know in South Africa and other countries, the unions are involved and have an informative say in decisions like these. But, it is a government regulation, so we have to accept it.”
Diergaardt said that rugby had gained and enjoyed great momentum thus far.
“There are many players whose livelihood is based on rugby. Some of our players receive match fees, and now that there is not going to be matches, they won’t be able to put food on the table. It is a chain reaction.”
FNB head coach Henry Kemp couldn’t contain his pride and said that he is very proud of his teams. “The boys played their hearts out and I don’t think Unam expected what they received today. The forwards gave their very best until the end, although the score was a bit high for the first team.”
Kemp admitted that Unam’s conditioning is clearly better than Kudus’ at this stage.
“This can be perhaps attributed to them being students. Despite this, our guys really took the game head on, and showed heart. For the reserve league team, I take my hat off for them. I am very proud, as I can see significant improvements on both teams.”
In terms of contact sports being prohibited, Kemp stated that his charges will focus on fitness for the next month. “We have a lot of hard work ahead, but it is already looking better.”
Chandler Plato floating trophy
Unam and Kudus’ two premier league teams also played for the Chandler Plato floating trophy. Plato’s widow, Lovina, said that the family wanted to honour Chandler’s memory. His two sons currently play for opposing teams: Aurelio for Kudus and Chad for Unam.
“Going forward, even if the boys are not playing in the two teams, this is a tradition we would like to continue when Unam and Kudus play. Rugby was my husband’s passion and we are glad that we are able to give back in his memory,” Lovina said.
Cameron Langenhoven, second row for Unam, was named man of the match. In addition to the trophy, Unam also received cash to give to a charity of their choice.
Unam coach, Johan Diergaardt, paid tribute to Plato, saying he fought for fairness in rugby, which also included fighting for the welfare of players.
“The NRU absolutely failed him in what he was fighting for over the years. Our players are not looked after, not on national level, nowhere. We don’t know what they are doing. I am saying this without trying to offend anyone, but the NRU is failing us.”