Welwitschias finish fourth in Nations Cup

19 Jun 2017 15:00pm
WINDHOEK, 19 JUN (NAMPA) – Namibia’s senior national rugby team, the Welwitschias, on Sunday lost their third and last game of the 2017 World Rugby Nations Cup underway in Montevideo, Uruguay to finish fourth overall.
The Namibian outfit lost the match 10-31 against Russia to finish on six points.
Uruguay is this year's World Rugby Nations Cup champions and Russia runners-up.
The host remained unbeaten in the tournament.
Argentina XV finished third, Spain fifth and Emerging Italy sixth.
In their match against Russia that was streamed live over the Internet, the Namibians trailed 5-19 at half-time through a try scored by Renaldo Bothma but Theuns Kotzé missed the conversion.
In the second half, the Welwitschias ran in one more try through Gino Wilson, and Kotzé missed from the spot once more to end the game with 10 points.
Speaking to the media after the game, Welwitschias captain Bothma said they had an “off-day at the office”, but he was happy the players gave their all throughout the competition and they now know what to improve on in future games.
The 2017 World Rugby Nations Cup was the 12th edition of the rugby union competition that was first held in 2006. The tournament is part of the International Rugby Board’s strategy aimed at providing more competition for tier-one A sides, as well as offering opportunities for second and third-tier nations such as Portugal, Russia, Namibia, Uruguay, Georgia and Romania.