Namibia loses to Spain at World Rugby Trophy

24 Apr 2016 12:10pm
WINDHOEK, 19 APR (NAMPA) - The under-20 (U-20) national rugby team lost 22-40 against Spain in their second match of the 2016 U-20 World Rugby Trophy.
The youth tournament is underway 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 of America (USA).
In their opening game of the tournament, Namibia beat the USA 46-44, and in their second match of the tournament against Spain on Saturday, Namibia went into the half-time break trailing by 14 points to 24.
Allister Miller and Stiaan van der Merwe scored Namibia’s tries in the first half but Cliven Loubser only managed to convert once from the spot.
In the second half, Namibia only managed to score one more try through Loubser in the 77th minute of the game and he converted from the spot.
A try is worth six points and a conversion still two points, according to various new rules announced by World Rugby, the international governing body of rugby, in December 2015.
Junior rugby and the World Championship, among other selected competitions, will feature a new points system that is aimed at encouraging more try-scoring. The new rules are trialed on a temporary basis.
The defeat now leaves Namibia third in the group with five points, while Spain leads the group on 10 points.
The USA thrashed Hong Kong 32-12, also on Saturday, to claim second position on seven points.
Namibia now face Hong Kong on 27 April at 11h00 (Namibian time), while the USA will play Spain 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 in 2009 in Kenya.