Kudus take the lead

FNB Kudus went to the top of the Namibian Rugby Premier League log for the first time this season after beating FNB Rehoboth 31-14 at Walvis Bay on Saturday. 

Kudus ran out comfortable winners on their home turf at the Jan Wilken Stadium in Walvis Bay, scoring five tries to two, while flyhalf Geraldo Beukes added three conversions. 

Their try scorers were prop Sydney Halupe, centre Justin Newman, rightwing Chad Plato and fullback Aurelio Plato. 

The win put Kudus at the top of the log on 24 points – one ahead of Trustco United who were held to a 40-40 draw by Reho Falcon in Rehoboth. 

United ran in six tries, with flyhalf Hanreco van Zyl scoring two; and centre JD Nel, scrumhalf Jahno du Plessis, flanker Eloff du Plessis and hooker Gerhard Thirion one each, while fullback Renier Benade added five conversions. 

Wanderers beat Western Suburbs 30-20 on their home ground in Pionierspark on Friday night and are now third on the log on 22 points. 

Wanderers, who led 21-10 at halftime, scored three tries through scrumhalf Danie van der Merwe, eighthman Anton Steenkamp and hooker Dandre Schreuder, while fullback Denzo Bruwer added 15 points with the boot, with three conversions and three penalties. 

The title race is now evenly poised with Kudus leading on 24 points from six matches, although United on 23 and Wanderers on 22points each have a game in hand. 

FNB Rehoboth are fourth on 16 points, followed by FNB Suburbs on 15, FNB Unam and FNB Reho Falcon on nine points each, and Grootfontein on five points. 

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