Diergaardt demands more from players

13 April 2018 Author   Michael Uugwanga
UNAM Rugby coach, Johan Diergaardt, has demanded more from his players despite demolishing a hapless Rehoboth Rugby Club 47-6 in a Namibia Rugby Premier League (NRPL)
match played last Saturday at the UNAM grounds in Windhoek.
The history-making coach told the Windhoek Observer in an interview that he was unhappy with some of his players’ lack of discipline in the game in which they captured their fourth straight win of the season.
He was referring to Mahepisa Tjeriko and Renaud van Neel, who were both yellow carded for silly mistakes.
Tjeripo threw a ball in the face of one of the Rehoboth Rugby club players, while van Neel was sent to the bench for a late tackle.
A concerned Diergaardt described his team’s performance against the Rehoboth side as one of the worst this season despite the convincing win.
He emphasized that discipline will be key if his team is to retain the NRPL title that they have won in the last three seasons.
“I was not satisfied at all by my team even though we managed to win the match. We cannot play such a mediocre type of game,” Diergaardt said.
“Two of my players got unnecessary yellow cards and we had to play 10 minutes with 13 players and that is not good at all.  If you want to be champions you need to be disciplined.”
UNAM will not be in action this weekend, but the champions will have a date against Trustco United next Saturday, 21 April before they welcome Wanderers on 28 April.
UNAM went the whole of last season unbeaten and they are on course to repeat that feat.
The team’s mettle will be tested in the coming weeks when some of their regular players will be on national duty in the SuperSport Rugby Challenge Competition that starts on 21 April.
The Welwitschias second string team will play against South Africa’s Hino Valke (Falcons) at the Hage Geingob Stadium and against the Vodacom Blue Bulls on 28 April, away at Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria, South Africa.    
Some of the players who will miss UNAM’s matches against United and Wanderers are Obert Nortje, Desiderius Sethie, Max Katjiheko, Mahipisa Tjeriko, Munyavita Kasiringua and Helarius Kisting.
Diergaardt, however, said he is not overly worried as United and Wanderers will also be missing some of their star players too.
He also said the absence of the regular players will give others a chance to prove their worthy to the team.
“It will be a test of character for the players filling the boots of those that will be in the SuperSport Rugby Challenge. We hope to have them back if we reach the semi-finals of the league,” Diergaardt.


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