25 Aug 2017 09:10am
WINDHOEK, 25 AUG (NAMPA) Windhoek Draught Welwitschias Coach, Lyn Jones said the team is in better shape for the Currie Cup than when they competed in the SuperSport Rugby Challenge earlier this year.
The Namibian outfit will open their campaign of the Currie Cup First Division against the Down Touch Griffons in Welkom, South Africa on Saturday afternoon.
During last year's Currie Cup First Division campaign, the Griffons humiliated the Welwitschias with a 0-101 loss at the Hage Geingob Stadium in Windhoek.
Speaking to Nampa on Thursday, Jones said his team has trained well and they are mentally and physically ready to compete.
The team is currently in a better shape because playing in the SuperSport Rugby Challenge and winning a game at home boosted the players confidence, he said.
Jones said most players in the team competed in the SuperSport Rugby Challenge and the senior national team games in the Africa Cup, which is an advantage when it comes to their fitness and readiness to compete.
I am positive we will do better this time around. We do not want to repeat what happened last year when we lost to the same team 100 points to nothing. In the SuperSport Challenge, the team showed a lot of improvement, I am positive we will perform better this time around, he said.
The team will travel to South Africa on Friday and the match the following day is scheduled for 15h00 Namibian time at the HT Pelatona Projects Stadium.
The travelling squad is: Johann Tromp, David Philander, Janry du Toit, Darryl de la Harpe, Lesley Klim, Theuns Kotzé, Eugene Jantjies (kapt), Joe Hermann, Adriaan Booysen, Thomasau Forbes, Max Katjijeko, Ruan Ludick, AJ de Klerk, Shaun du Preez, and Christo McNish.
Substitutes are: Bigman Kaura, Andries Rousseau, Denzil van Wyk, Rodriguez Victor, Rohan Kitshoff, Helarius Kisting, Gino Wilson.
Prop Hauta Veii will also be travelling with the team in case of injury.
The Namibia Rugby Union registered a national team made up of only local players for the 2017 edition of the Currie Cup First Division.
The tournament is played from August to October, with the Welwitschias set to play three games at home and four in South Africa.