Welwitschias go down fighting against Tonga

30 Sep 2015 12:30pm


The senior national rugby team, the Welwitschias lost their second game of the 2015 Rugby World Cup currently underway in England on Tuesday. Namibia lost the game 21-35 against Tonga in their Pool C clash.

In their first match of the tournament against defending champions New Zealand they lost 14-58. In their second match Tonga opened the score with a try in the fifth minute, which was converted.

Tonga extended their lead in the 12th minute with another try, but was not converted. In the 18th minute Namibia got their first try of the game through Johan Tromp, and Theunus Kotze converted.

But Tonga replied with another try in the 24th minute, which was converted. In the 34th minute Tonga was awarded a penalty and took the score line to 7-22 at half-time.

In the second half Tonga started where they left off as they scored a try in the 44th minute, but Namibia's captain Jacques Burger replied with Namibia's second try of the game in the 48th minute, which Kotze converted.

Tonga scored their last try of the game in the 54th minute, which was not converted. The Namibian captain then scored his side's last try of the game, which Kotze converted to bring the score to 21-32.

With time running out Tonga extended the score margin with a penalty to end the game 21-35. In a post-match interview with the media, Welwitschias captain

Burger said they tried their best against Tonga but it was made difficult by the wind, which worked against them and made things easier for Tonga.

Namibia's next game will be against Georgia on 07 October 2015.