Namibia loses in quarter-final against Living Legends

13 Nov 2016 15:50pm
SWAKOPMUND, 13 NOV (NAMPA) – Namibia’s senior national sevens rugby team has been relegated to the losers’ section of the Safland Sevens rugby tournament after losing 05-21 to Living Legends from South Africa on Sunday.
The tournament started on Friday with club and school teams competing, while the main event with the senior teams competing started on Saturday.
Namibia qualified for the quarter-final of the competition after finishing fourth in Section X of the group stages.
South Africa finished top of the group, while Kenya were the runners-up followed by Germany.
South Africa’s All Stars finished bottom of Section X.
In the quarter-final, the Namibian outfit opened the scoring just three minutes into the game through Lesley Klim, but Helarius Kisting failed to convert from the spot.
Despite opening the scoring, they could not contain their rival who took the lead at half time. The South African outfit ran in a try to make the halftime score 05-07 in their favour.
Speaking to the media after the game, Namibia’s national team coach Jurie Booysen said the competition is tough this year, but he is confident the team will learn a lot from this competition.
“We are playing teams that are more professional than us. We have only been together as a team for a month while these other teams have been training together for over five years,” he said.
He stated that playing against teams that represented their countries at the Olympics like South Africa and Kenya is a good learning curve for the Namibian players who are also working towards representing their country at such events in the future.
Namibia will now play South Africa’s Eye of the Tiger in the loser’s semi-final while South Africa, Kenya, Zambia and Living Legends will contest the semi-final of the competition in the winner’s section.
Other results for Sunday are:
South Africa 51-0 Namibia Academy
Zambia 19-05 Germany
Kenya 31-14 South Africa Eye of the Tiger
South Africa won the maiden edition of the tournament that was held in Windhoek last year.
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