Namibia's sevens team off to good start in tournament

12 Nov 2016 15:30pm
SWAKOPMUND, 12 NOV (NAMPA) – Namibia’s senior national rugby sevens team on Saturday beat South Africa’s All Stars 31-19 in their opening game of the Safland Sevens Rugby tournament underway in Swakopmund.
The three-day tournament started on Friday with club and school teams competing, while the main event with the senior teams competing started Saturday.
In the opening minutes of the game, Namibia ran in three tries through Handre Bezuidenhout, Ricardo Swartz and Shareave Titus to give them a 17-0 lead just four minutes into the game.
Helarius Kisting only managed to convert once from the three tries.
The All Star team responded with their own try just a minute later and it was converted.
Nandi Karuwombe then extended Namibia’s lead just before the half-time break with a brilliant individual try which Riaan van Zyl converted.
The half-time score was 24-07 for Namibia.
In the second half Titus scored Namibia’s only try in that half and Van Zyl once again converted to extend their lead to 31-07.
Despite being dominated throughout the match, the All Stars scored two more tries but only converted from one to give them the final score of 31-19.
Namibia is still scheduled to play Kenya, South Africa and Germany in their last match of the day.
South Africa won the maiden edition of the tournament that was held in Windhoek last year.
The results for other matches on Saturday are as follows:
Living Legends 22-19 Eye of the Tiger
Zambia 12-05 Botswana
South Africa 27-0 Germany