Namibia trash Hong Kong at U-20 World Rugby Trophy

27 Apr 2016 19:00pm
WINDHOEK, 27 APR (NAMPA) - The under-20 (U-20) national rugby team Wednesday trashed Hong Kong 70-8 in its last match of the group stages at the 2016 U-20 World Rugby Trophy underway in Harare, Zimbabwe.
In its opening game of the tournament, Namibia beat the United States of America (USA) 46-44, but lost 22-40 against Spain in the second match at the weekend.
On Wednesday, Namibia scored nine tries with Johan de Klerk and Ngatangwe Kavita both scoring two tries, while Hillian Beukes; Sam Kuvare; Cliven Loubser and Stiaan van der Merwe all ran in single tries.
Loubser converted eight of the nine tries.
The win against Hong Kong puts the young Namibians second in the group level on 10 points with Spain, who still have a game against the USA expected to be played later on Wednesday afternoon.
The youth tournament started on 19 April and will end on 01 May. Eight national teams are participating in two groups, with Namibia selected in Group B alongside Hong Kong, Spain and the USA.
The youthful Namibian side is in a good position to play for the bronze medal on the final day of the competition. The team’s hopes for second place now lie in Spain beating USA or if the USA beat Spain with more than eight points.
The two group winners play in the final, while the runners-up play for third and fourth place. Teams that finish third in their groups play for fifth position.
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.