Welwitschias lose 08-20 to Romania
10 Jun 2016 14:50pm
WINDHOEK, 10 JUN (NAMPA) The Welwitschias on Thursday lost their opening game of the 2016 World Rugby Nations Cup against Romania 08-20.
The competition is taking place in Romania from 09 to 18 June.
The Nations Cup is an international rugby union competition that was first held in 2007. The tournament is aimed at providing more competition and opportunities for second and third-tier nations that are still coming up in the world of rugby.
Six nations are competing hosts Romania; Argentina XV; Uruguay; Emerging Italy; Spain and Namibia.
On Thursday, the senior national rugby team trailed 0 to 18 points at the half time break after the home side scored a penalty in the opening six minutes of the game and again in the eighth minute. Romania doubled their score with a penalty try in the 23rd minute and a try in the 38th minute, which was converted to give them the lead at half time.
In the second half, Romania managed to score a penalty, which gave them a 20-point lead to Namibias zero.
The Welwitschias managed to score their only try through Tjiuee Uanivi in the 78th minute and Theuns Kotze converted to give them a 08-20 score line at the end of the game.
The Welwitschias next game will be on Monday against Spain.
Namibia won the Nations Cup in 2010 and ended fourth in 2011 and 2015. They did not participate in the tournament for three years (2012, 2013, 2014) because only invited countries participate in this annual event that is usually held in Romania.