Namibia sinks Russia in first test

12 Jul 2015 12:40pm
WINDHOEK, 12 JUL (NAMPA) – Namibia beat Russia 39-19 in the first of the two-match Windhoek Draught Series at the Hage Geingob Rugby Stadium on Saturday.
Speaking to the media after the game Namibian captain, Jacques Burger said he was proud the team won its first test match against Russia.
“There are a lot of things we still need to work on but we will get all that right ahead of the World Cup and at the moment, the boys’ attitude in the camp is positive; it is exciting.
“Credit should also be given to the fans who came out in large numbers to cheer on the team,” he said.
Namibia opened the scoring in the third minute with a penalty kick by Theuns Kotze.
Russia then took the lead with a try in the sixth minute after Igor Galinovsky beat the Namibian back row and Yury Kushnarev’s conversion.
Namibia regained the lead a few minutes later after Russel van Wyk scored the home team’s first try and Kotze converting.
Kotze then scored a penalty in the 21st minute but failed to extend the score when he missed a penalty in 32nd minute.
Before the half-time break, Russia scored their second try of the game through Viktor Gresev but Kushnarev failed to convert.
The score at the interval was 13-12 in favour of the home team.
Namibia came back like a house on fire in the second half, with Eugene Jantjies, Van Wyk, and JC Greyling scoring tries. Kotze converted twice and missed once.
By the 75th minute, the score was 32-12 for Namibia.
Danila Chegodaev then scored Russia’s third and final try of the game in the 79th minute and Kushnarev converted to take the score to 32-19.
Namibia’s final try of the game came in additional time through Johan Deysel and Jantjies’ conversion took the final score to 39-19 in favour of the hosts.
The Welwitschias will play their second test match against Russia on Saturday at the same stadium.
Namibia will participate in the International Rugby Board (IRB) Rugby World Cup 2015 in England in September this year, and face Argentina, Georgia, Tonga and New Zealand.
Namibia played under the guidance of caretaker coach Phil Davies after head coach Danie Vermeulen resigned two weeks ago.