Welwitschias pick up one point in Currie Cup

15 May 2016 13:40pm
WINDHOEK, 15 MAY (NAMPA) – The Windhoek Draught Welwitschias on Saturday lost their sixth game in a row in the 2016 Currie Cup against the ORC Griquas from South Africa.
The match was played at the Hage Geingob Stadium in Windhoek.
Griquas led the game 38-13 at half-time and scored another 17 points during the second half to bring their total score to 55, while the Welwitschias put up a brave fight to get 12 points during the second half to bring their total score to 25.
Despite losing their sixth game in a row, the Namibian side managed to pick up a bonus point after running in four tries on the day, leaving them bottom of the log in 15th position with one point.
The Welwitschias’ four tries were scored by Phillip Nashikaku, Francois Wiese, Justin Nel and Jean-Claude Winkler.
Nel converted once from the spot and missed three times. Heinrich Smits also scored a penalty for the home team.
The Griquas scored eight tries and recorded six conversions plus a penalty.
The try scorers were Tiaan Dorfling (two tries); AJ Coertzen (two tries); Andre Swarts; JW Jonker; Stephan Kotze and Thabo Mabusa.
Gouws Prinsloo converted six times on the spot and also scored one penalty to give the visiting side a comfortable win.
Welwitschias captain Rohan Kitshoff after the match said his team put up a brave fight and managed to score bonus points while showing their character.
“At the beginning of the season we said we wanted to make our fans proud, we want to show that our team has character and the fact that we fought till the end showed that the team has character,” Kitshoff noted.
Griquas captain Jacobus Willem Jonker said they put all their energy into the match and got the results they came for.
“It means a lot to us. We will spend the night in Namibia before returning home where on Monday we will start with preparations for our next match against the Bulls next week,” Jonker said.
The Welwitschias’ next game will be against the Leopards on 21 May at Olen Park in Potchefstroom, South Africa. The Leopards are currently 11th on the log from five games played thus far. They have 12 points.
The Namibia Rugby Union registered a team made up of only local players for the 2016 edition of the Currie Cup tournament.
The tournament will be played from April to October, with the Welwitschias set to play seven games at home and seven in South Africa.