Valke edge Welwitschias in Windhoek
Lyndon Julius
September 09, 2017

The Hino Valke cruised to a 56-47 (Halftime 36-28) victory over the Windhoek Draught Welwitschias in a Currie Cup First Division match on Saturday at the Hage Geingob Stadium in Windhoek.

A very entertaining match saw 15 tries being scored as both sides gave it their all in a tough encounter. The bonus point victory means the Hino Valke moved to within three log points of the temporary log leaders, Leopards. The visitors have won two of their three matches so far in this year's competition.

Eight tries were enough to secure the Hino Valke a much needed away victory. Five pointers for the visitors were scored via Etienne Taljaard, Johannes Willem Pretorius, Christian Rust, Simphiwe Sithole, Jan-Frederick Enslin, Coert Cronje, Andrew van Wyk and Friedle Olivier.

Despite a valiant effort from the home side, seven tries just weren't enough to get them over the winning line. A brace of tries from Johan Tromp while a try apiece for Helarius Kisting, Abel de Klerk, Maharua Katjiteko, Jan Booysen and Russel van Wyk.

Theuns Kotze succeeded with six of his seven attempts on goal missing only Russel van Wyk's try towards the end of the game. Valke flyhalf Warren Potgieter form off the tee was not as accurate. But an early first half penalty from Potgieter along with a sensational drop goal attempt from Errol Jaggers ensured the match was well out of reach for the home side.

The Windhoek Draught Welwitschias raced to a 14-10 lead early in the first half following Tromp's two magnificent tries which Kotze comfortably converted. It seemed the home side were set for their second victory in as many weeks but the visitors ran in four more tries to take a slender 36-28 lead at the break.

For the first ten minutes, the home side came out firing taking the lead 42-41. Tries from Katjiteko and Booysen ensured the Welwitschias took the lead heading into the last 20 minutes of the game. This was the last time the home side were in the lead as the visitors marched on to a period of domination over their opponents.

The men from Namibia could only add a single unconverted try in the last quarter of the match while on the other end of the scoreboard, the Valke ran in 15 points including two tries, a conversion, and a drop goal.

This was enough to get the job done for the visitors in a high paced and exhilarating match, the Hino Valke emerging victorious, 56-47.


Windhoek Draught Welwitschias
Tries: Johan Tromp (2), Helarius Kisting, Abel de Klerk, Maharua Katjiteko, Jan Booysen, Russel van Wyk
Conversions: Theuns Kotze (6)

Hino Valke
Tries: Etienne Taljaard, Johannes Pretorius, Christian Rust, Simphiwe Sithole, Jan-Frederick Enslin, Coert Cronje, Andrew van Wyk, Friedle Olivier
Conversions: Warren Potgieter (4)
Pens: Warren Potgieter
Drop Goals: Errol Jaggers

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