Welwitschias ready for second test against Russia

16 Jul 2015 12:20pm
WINDHOEK, 16 JUL (NAMPA) – The senior national rugby players are hard at work to win their last match against Russia here on Saturday.
Namibia beat Russia 39-19 in the first of the two-match series at the Hage Geingob Rugby Stadium in Windhoek last Saturday.
The second match between the two sides will start at 15h00 at the same venue.
“We are looking at improving all our systems on Saturday when we face Russia, because the team has been hard at work from Monday,” said defence coach Roger Thompson during a media briefing in the capital on Thursday.
“We are taking it one step at a time, and at the moment we have good momentum to win our next game since we have been paying more attention to our strength, which is our counter-attacking and defence,” he added.
Speaking at the same briefing, full-back Chrysander Botha said he is happy to be back on the rugby field.
Botha, who plays for Exeter Chiefs in the United Kingdom, dislocated his ankle and fractured his lower left leg in the eighth minute of a match against the Canadians during the Namibian team’s tour in Northern Wales in November 2014.
“It was a very difficult road for me going through recovery but I am happy that I will be turning out again for my national team at the Hage Geingob Stadium.
“I am very fortunate to recover on time and get back onto the field to play the game that I love. What will make the day more fantastic is if supporters come out in large numbers again to rally behind the team on Saturday,” he said.
Botha said it is fun to be in camp with 51 players who are all eyeing a place in the final 31 to represent the country at the Rugby World Cup.
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.