26 Nov 2017 15:20pm
WINDHOEK, 26 NOV (NAMPA) National senior rugby team, the Welwitschias, lost their second and last match of the test series against Uruguay 34-39 at the Hage Geingob Rugby Stadium in Windhoek on Saturday.
The two teams had a two match series as preparation for the 2019 World Cup qualifiers to be played next year.
In the opening match of the series a week ago, the Welwitschias lost the match 36-52.
In their last match, the two teams came out stronger, but it was Uruguay which opened the scoring as early as the eighth minute with Juan Echeverria running in the visitors first try, and Federico Favaro converting from the spot kick.
The visitors dominant display continued, with Agustin Ormaechea running in their second try and Favaro making no mistake as he converted from the spot once more.
As the game approached the 20th minute, Namibia managed to put points on the scoreboard through a Cliven Loubser penalty. The determined players added more points when Rohan Kitshoff scored their first try in the 25th minute and Loubser converted from the spot.
The home team took the lead for the first time in the game on 30 minutes when Darryl de la Harpe scored their second try of the match which Loubser converted.
Uruguay replied quickly in the 37th minute with a penalty by Favaro to level the score at 17 each at the halftime break.
In the second half, the visiting team came out more composed and ran in three tries, but only converted from two of them, and they also scored a penalty.
The Welwitschias also managed to run in three tries, but only converted from one.
The Namibian try scorers were Kitshoff, De la Harpe (two), Orbert Nortje, and JC Greyling, with two conversions and a penalty by Loubser and another conversion by Theuns Kotze.
Uruguays try scorers were Echeverria, Ormaechea, German Kessler, Santiago Arata (two), while the four conversions and two penalties came from Favaro.
Speaking to the media after the match, Namibian captain, Kitshoff, said the test was a good initiative which showed them how far they are in world rugby and how they should better prepare themselves for the Africa Cup and World Cup qualifiers in 2018.