WINDHOEK – Western Suburbs Rugby Club’s long-serving mentor, Walter Don, is oozing confidence ahead of tomorrow’s last-gasp clash against Rehoboth Rugby Club in the final of the Namibia Rugby Union (NRU) MTC Premier League at the Hage Geingob Stadium in Windhoek.
The Khomasdal-based outfit is determined to win the elusive coveted league title, which they last won in the 2008 season, beating Wanderers - the only time Suburbs set their hands on the trophy despite their highly commended pedigree in domestic rugby.
Coach Don is confident of victory but has cautioned against complacency against the fast galloping Rehobothers.
“Fortunately, we are injury-free going into this game, but we need to stick to our constructive game plan and not allow them space because they can be very dangerous when given room to run the ball,” said the former national senior rugby team scrumhalf.
Suburbs boast lots of talent in the squad as has been demonstrated by the team’s upsurge after a slow start to their league campaign that saw them lose their opening two matches.
However, Walter Don’s charges regrouped and have been on the warpath ever since - sweeping their opponents aside including a 22-16 victory over the very same Rehoboth in the abbreviated league proper.
On their day, the Suburbs sextet of Justin Nel (outside centre), fast improving fullback Shaun Kaizemi, Brendan Walters (No 8), Munee Tjiueza (lock), Victor Giggs and Herald Kasera (both flankers), could cause havoc to any team if left unchecked.
Rehoboth coach Eden Meyer says this is Rehoboth’s year and there is no way they would allow themselves to falter again after having featured in the final over the last four years in succession, with only one victory in the 2009 edition when they defeated United.
The Rehobothers will be without the services of bulky prop Gavin Benade, who is ineligible for selection, because he is serving a six-match suspension.
“We are focussed, ready and raring to go although we have two key players struggling with slight injuries but we hope the pair will be okay.”
Versatile centre Desmond Sneiders, will be key to the visitors’ title aspirations and his amazing speed and clever play could come in handy. Transport giants Inter-Cape have made available a bus to ferry supporters from Rehoboth to Windhoek, while the Rehobothers will also bank on the vociferous support of the Reho Pandas, who are expected to feature in one of the curtain-raisers against Phoenix at 12h00.
The rest of tomorrow’s programme is as follows:
Rosh Pinah vs United-2 13h20
Neo Paints Reho Falcon vs United 15h05
Western Suburbs vs Rehoboth 17h00