19 Apr 2015 14:40pm
WINDHOEK, 19 APR (NAMPA) Namibias senior national rugby team registered its first win in the 2015 Vodacom Cup here on Saturday.
The Welwitschias beat the Limpopo Blue Bulls from South Africa 24-17 at the Hage Geingob Rugby Stadium.
Speaking to the media after the game, Welwitschias captain, Darryl de la Harpe said the coach had told them that this was a must-win game and they had no other choice.
First of all, I should thank the supporters who came out in large numbers to rally behind their team and I am happy that we stood up and got a win today. This shows that our hard work finally paid off. We are now planning on winning all our remaining games, he said.
The home team opened scoring as early as the 11th minute when Johannes Tromp ran in his first try of the game.
Shaun Kaizemi successfully converted to give the Welwitschias a 7-0 lead.
The Limpopo Blue Bulls scored from a penalty in the 23 minute but their plans to level the score were cut short when Tromp scored his second try and Kaizemi making good of the conversion kick.
In the 32 minute, Kaizemi scored a penalty to end the first half 17-3 for the Welwitschias.
In the second half, the Limpopo Blue Bulls came out a stronger side but missed a penalty, minutes into the second half.
Tromp then achieved a hat-trick of tries.
For the remainder of the match, the Limpopo Blue Bulls put the home side under pressure, managing two tries and two conversions.
The Namibians won anyway, despite Kaizemi missing a penalty shot.
This victory was only the second by any Namibian side in the Vodacom Cup, following the 2010 home win against the Falcons, also known as Valke in Afrikaans (66-33).
This new-found confidence shown in attack by the Welwitschias will set up a sweat-shedding clash against the Falcons in two weeks time, before the Namibians finish off their Vodacom Cup campaign against the Leopards XV a week later.
The match against the Falcons in Round Six of the competition is on 01 May 2015 at the same stadium.
Namibia is using the Vodacom Cup as preparation for its participation in the International Rugby Boards Rugby World Cup, which takes place in the United Kingdom in September this year.