Welwitschias lose to SWD Eagles

24 Sep 2017 10:20am
WINDHOEK, 24 SEP (NAMPA) – The Windhoek Draught Welwitschias lost by 32 points to 36 to the South West District (SWD) Eagles in a Currie Cup match played in Windhoek on Saturday.
The Namibians started slowly by conceding two tries in the first 15 minutes of the game when Hooker Cornelius Vermaak crossed over for the visitors’ first try in the seventh minute, which was converted by full back Leighton Eksteen.
Right flanker Johannes Stander then scored in the 14th minute, but Eksteen missed the conversion, leaving the SWD side leading by 12 points to zero.
Namibia replied through a penalty which was converted by flyhalf Theunus Kotze before left wing David Philander opened the try scoring for the home side in the 28th minute.
The visitors then hit back within three minutes through a try by Fredinald Africa, taking the score to 17 points for the visitors and eight for Namibia at halftime.
In 56 minutes Namibia gained an advantage when Tyler Fisher was given a red card after he verbally abused the referee following a sin bin.
This saw both teams scoring four tries in the second half.
Namibia scored through Rohan Kitshoff (converted by Kotze), Johan Tromp (converted by Kotze), Johan Greyling and Christo van der Merwe.
SWD scored their four tries in the second half through replacement Davon Raubenheimer (converted), Kurt Haupt, and Ozard Du Toit who scored two, of which one was converted.
Namibia coach Lyn Jones was disappointed, saying the inaccuracy in the first 15 minutes cost his team the victory.
“We were good enough to win today, last year we would have been happy to get two bonus points, but today we are disappointed to have lost this match,” he said.
He added that as a team they are improving with every match and they are meeting the targets they set themselves for the next three to five years.
His views were echoed by his opposite number Carel van As, who said Namibia has improved drastically from last year.
“We were lucky to pull through as the Namibians are different from the previous years. We beat them 96 points to five last year, and they just proved their character by pushing us all the way,” he said.
He said Namibia has proven that they can challenge for the top honours next year.