Windhoek Gym close in on WHS

Windhoek Gymnasium hooker Hendre Schrader on the attack against Moria. Photo: Helge Schütz

Windhoek Gymnasium thrashed Moria Private School 79-3 on Saturday to close in on log leaders Windhoek High School in the Standard Bank u19 Rugby Super League competition.

In a great display of running rugby, Windhoek Gymnasium raced into a 37-3 lead by half-time, before going on to score 13 tries, with their two wings Suramie Qhena-Kambombo and Carlo Hawenga leading the way with three tries each.

Their other try scorers were fullback Janre van Zyl, eighthman Janneman Brand, flankers Zack von Wielligh and Ruan Agenbag, hooker Hendre Schrader, and lock forwards Heinrich Geldenhuys and Zander le Roux.

Flyhalf JW Visagie, who gave a quick and efficient distribution to his backline had an average day with the boot, converting only seven of the tries for a personal haul of 14 points.

Moria’s only points came via a penalty by flyhalf Francois von Solms. 

Windhoek High School, meanwhile, remained at the top of the log after beating Tsumeb Gimnasium 31-5 at Tsumeb. 

WHS now lead the log on 59 points, but they have completed their league campaign of seven matches, of which they won six and lost only one.

Windhoek Gymnasium are second on 50 points, but they have a match in hand against Pro Ed Academy tomorrow and if they get a maximum haul of points they could still pip WHS to the top spot. 

Windhoek Afrikaanse Privaat Skool beat Walvis Bay Private School 38-7 on Saturday to move up to 42 points in third position on the log, while Pro Ed Academy from Swakopmund beat Elnatan 26-17 away at Stampriet to go fourth on the log on 39 points. 

That victory was crucial for Pro-Ed as they made sure of qualifying for the Super League semifinals, since they can’t be caught by the teams below them anymore, who have all completed their league campaigns. 

Pro-Ed still has two more matches in hand – the encounter against Windhoek Gymnasium at Swakopmund tomorrow, and their final league match against Affies at the WAP field on Saturday. 

The top four teams – WHS, Windhoek Gymnasium, WAP and Pro-Ed – have now secured their places in the Super League semifinals which will be held on 2 September, with the final due to take place a week later. The semifinal match-ups, however, still have to be decided, depending on the outcomes of Pro-Ed’s final two matches this week. 

The bottom four teams on the log will qualify for the semifinals of the u19 A division, which will also take place on 2 September, followed by the final a week later. 

The bottom four teams are Walvis Bay Private School and Moria Private School, who are both on 34 points; Tsumeb Gimnasium on 30 points; and Elnatan on 26 points. 

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