30 Aug 2013 12:50
WINDHOEK, 30 AUG (NAMPA) The Namibian Under-19 rugby team ensured their place in the finals of the International Rugby Board (IRB) Junior World Rugby Trophy competition in Nelspruit, South Africa when they beat Madagascar 64-22 in the opening match on Tuesday.
Namibia lead 26-8 during halftime.
The team will now face Kenya in the finals on Saturday after the Kenyans beat Zimbabwe 29-20, also on Tuesday.
Frederik du Toit opened the scorecard for Namibia when he scored the first try in Tuesdays match. Wian Conradie did not let his team down and scored three tries for the Namibians, while Immo Dresselhaus ensured two tries. Other players who contributed to the team's victory were Stefan de Klerk, Divan Visser, and Donovan Kandjii. Captain Christopher Arries ensured seven conversion kicks and one penalty kick, bringing the tally to 62.
The team left for South Africa on Monday. The team was sent off to the event with a stern warning by Namibia Rugby Union (NRU) Board member Uakazuwaka 'Wacca' Kazombiaze last Friday that discipline is vital for them to win the competition.
Kazombiaze said at the time if one player is found to be ill-disciplined, he will be put on the first flight back home and will be replaced with someone who is willing to play and represent Namibia on the field.
Madagascar and Zimbabwe will play for the third and fourth positions in the competition respectively.
The team is as follows:
Forwards: Petrie-Juan Burger, Jean Phillip van Wyk, Desmond Strammis, Karl Grundeling, Louis van der Westhuizen, Stefan de Klerk, Thorsten Stahn, Janco Venter, Johannes Agenbag, Johannes Retief, Dian Wiese, Christo van der Merwe, Immo Dresselhaus and Wian Conradie.
Backs: Jean-Claude Winkler, Stephanus Barnard, Christopher Arries (Captain) Malan Kruger, Donavan Kandjii, Justin Newman, Reinhold Benade, Divan Visser, Johannes Venter, Jan Du Toit and Ethan Brennon.
The team is expected back on home soil on Sunday.