Welwitchias doing better but lost to Griffons

28 Mar 2015 11:40am
WINDHOEK, 28 MAR (NAMPA)- Namibia’s national Rugby team, the Welwitschias, narrowly lost their third game of the Vodacom Cup 28-32 on Friday evening at the Hage Geingob Stadium in Windhoek.
Speaking to members of the media after the game, Welwitschias’ captain Darryl de la Harpe said the team has improved from their last two encounters in the Vodacom Cup.
“We will take this defeat into account but I hope the performance we showed today will be displayed again in our next game. Credit should be given to the team because we are learning very fast from our mistakes and want to do better when we step on the field again,” he said.
The Welwitschias started scoring as early as the first minute of the game through Russell van Wyk and minutes later, Justin Nel doubled the score with another try. The team however failed to convert both tries.
The Griffons from South Africa's Northern Free State got in the game when Wynand Pienaar ran in their first try just minutes later.
Welwitschias’ flyhalf Shaun Kaizemi later converted a penalty for the home team, making the score 13-7.
The Griffons ran in one more try and scored two more penalties but the Welwitschias kept them at bay with Kaizemi scoring another penalty and Nel scoring his second try of the match.
The half-time score was 21-18 in favour of the Welwitschias.
In the second half, the Griffon’s came out stronger, scoring an early try and taking the lead to 21-25.
Nel scored another try for the Welwitschias but the Griffons bettered with another try and conversion, making the final score 28-32 in favour the Griffons.
Namibia’s Welwitschias earned their first two league points of the Vodacom Cup series despite their narrow defeat.
The Welwitschias earned a bonus point for scoring four tries and another for losing within seven points.
Welwitschias’ fullback Justin Nel was named man of the match.
The Namibians will hit the field against another South African team, the Bulls, formerly known as the Blue Bulls, in round four of the competition on 10 April 2015 at the same stadium.
Namibia regards the Vodacom Cup as preparation for its participation in the International Rugby Board’s Rugby World Cup in the United Kingdom during September this year.