Nam vs Japan in IRB Junior tourney on Friday

10 Apr 2014 15:00pm
WINDHOEK, 10 APR (NAMPA) – Namibia’s under-20 rugby team is still in contention to qualify for next year’s International Rugby Board (IRB) Junior World Cup (JWRC) in Italy.
The Namibians beat Canada 37-25 in their opening match of the 2014 IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy tournament underway in Hong Kong on Monday.
Namibia’s head coach Jan Dames was quoted in a media statement from the Namibian Rugby Union on Thursday that his team was well prepared for their opening game.
“To get a first win in the opening game of the tournament against Canada comes down to guts and character.
We were aware of their (Canada) physicality upfront. We spent a great deal of preparation on defence and went into the game not wanting to concede a try,” said Dames.
The Namibians are now facing Japan on Friday.
The Japanese narrowly lost to Uruguay (28-33) in their opening game on Monday.
Dames said his boys are ready for that Asian team.
“The playing surface (artificial) is a challenge but our players are getting used to. The game is a lot faster on this surface,” said the Namibian coach.
The match against Japan is 06h00 local time at the Hong Kong Football Club Ground.
Namibia will face Uruguay in their last Group B match on Tuesday next week at 10h00 local time.
Namibia is currently leading the log with five points, followed by Uruguay in second place with four points, Japan with two bonus points and Canada zero.
Other nations playing the tournament are Tonga, Georgia, the United States of America and hosts Hong Kong in Group A.