Welwitschias bow out
Namibia's Windhoek Draught Welwitschias finished at the bottom of the SuperSport Rugby Challenge without a win from seven matches.
10 June 2019 | Sports
Two hat-tricks by Thabo Mabuza and Rodney Damons helped the Valke score a convincing 56-12 win over the Windhoek Draught Welwitschias at the Hage Geingob Stadium.
It was already clear at halftime that the visiting team was on their way to a convincing victory.
The Valke proved unstoppable, running in 10 tries to the two of the home team with flank Mabuza and left wing Damons scoring three times each.
The Valke racked up a 32-0 lead at halftime with Mabuza, fullback Juandre Nel, Damons (3) and flank Jan Venter all dotting down.
Mabuza got his second just after the restart before the Welwischias opened their account with a score by hooker Gerhard Thirion.
Valke right wing Coert Cronje sped over on the hour for the Valke before a try by home centre Millan van Wyk and a Lorenzo Louis conversion made it 49-12.
Nel got his second try for the Valke on the final whistle and Anrich Richter landed the conversion to wrap up a comfortable win.
Namibia's rugby team did not register any points on the table after seven matches.
The team ended their campaign with a -353 point difference from all seven matches.
In other Rugby Challenge action, ISG Pumas cemented top spot in the Northern Section of the SuperSport Rugby Challenge and Tafel Lager Griquas ended second as both scored solid victories on Saturday.
Griquas beat Xerox Golden Lions XV in Kimberley while the Pumas accounted for the Down Touch Griffons in Welkom as both teams made sure of their semifinal berths.
Pumas finished qualified to the semis having secured 35 points from seven matches, with seven wins and 173 point difference.
The Tafel Lager Griquas came in second having won six matches, securing 31 points, with a 134 point difference.
Vodacom Blue Bulls finished in third having won five matches, securing 25 points, with a 142 point difference.
Xerox Golden Lions XV came in fourth place having won four matches, securing 23 points, with a zero point difference.
Hino Valke completed their campaign with a fifth place finish, getting 19 points with a minus-four point difference.
Leopards finished one place below Valke, gaining just 12 points from seven matches and a -16 point difference.
Down Touch Griffons came second from bottom, with a -59 point difference and 12 points from seven matches.
- Additional reporting by SuperSport