Namibia beats USA in opening game of World Rugby Trophy

19 Apr 2016 18:30pm
WINDHOEK, 19 APR (NAMPA) - The Under-20 national rugby team narrowly beat the United States of America (USA) 46-44 in their opening game of the 2016 U-20 World Rugby Trophy.
The U-20 youth tournament is being held in Harare, Zimbabwe from 19 April to 01 May.
Eight national teams are participating in two groups, with Namibia selected in Group B alongside Hong Kong, Spain and the United States.
In their first match of the tournament against the USA on Tuesday at the Harare Sports Club, Namibia scored more than four tries to win themselves a bonus point which now leaves them second on the group, but level on five points with Spain who are currently top of the group.
Namibia's tries were scored by Orbert Nortje, Johan Luttig, Jerome Beukes, Gino Wilson, Unomasa Kavita and Stiaan van der Merwe, while Henrique Oliver scored three times from the spot and Cliven Loubser scored twice.
Spain thrashed their opponents Hong Kong 44-08, also on Tuesday.
Namibia will now face Spain on 23 April at the Harare Sports Club at 13h00 (Namibian time) while the USA will play Hong Kong after that match.
Namibia’s best finish at the U-20 World Rugby Trophy was fifth in 2008 and 2009.
This is the second time the World Rugby Trophy is hosted in Africa, with the first during 2009 in Kenya.