Namibia thrash Russia in last series match

19 Jul 2015 10:30am
WINDHOEK, 19 JUL (NAMPA) – Namibia beat Russia 43-5 in the second and last match of the Windhoek Draught Series at the Hage Geingob Rugby Stadium on Saturday.
Namibia opened the scoring in the second minute with a penalty kick by Theuns Kotze.
In the 13th minute, the Welwitschias extended their lead to 10 points after Russell van Wyk scored the home team’s first try and Kotze converted.
Kotze then scored penalties in the 21st and 36th minutes to extend the score line to 16-0 for the home team.
Before the half-time break, Russia scored their first try of the game through Pavel Butenko, but Yury Kushnarev failed to convert.
The score at the interval was 16-5 in favour of the home team.
Namibia came back like a house on fire in the second half, with Kotze scoring a try while his teammate Conrad Marias ran in a hat-trick of tries in the 62nd, 79nd and 87th minutes.
Kotze converted twice and missed once.
Still in the second half, Kotze missed one penalty before converting from the spot in the 72nd minute.
The final score was 43-5 in favour of the hosts.
Speaking to the media after the game, Namibian captain Jacques Burger said every team member came to the game fighting to make Namibia proud.
“It’s amazing to have such young players on the field all fighting to win the game. All I can say is the future of Namibian rugby looks bright,” he said.
The Welwitschias will now turn their attention to the African test series with Kenya and Zimbabwe at the same stadium on 08 and 15 August.
Namibia will participate in the 2015 International Rugby Board (IRB) Rugby World Cup in England in September this year, and face Argentina, Georgia, Tonga and New Zealand.