16 Jun 2018 21:10pm
WINDHOEK, 16 JUN (NAMPA) Namibias senior rugby team, the Welwitschias started off its defence of the 2018 Rugby Africa Gold Cup with a 55-6 pounding of Ugandas Rugby Cranes at the Hage Geingob Stadium on Saturday.
Namibia has won the Rugby Africa Gold Cup four times in a row since 2014 and this years championship will be used as a qualifier for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.
On Saturday afternoon, it took only seven minutes for the Namibian team to put points on the scoreboard after brilliant play from right flanker Janco Venter who scored the opening try and Cliven Loubser made no mistake from the spot.
In the 12th minute, Namibias Johann Greyling showed character as he scored their second try which Venter converted.
Uganda had a chance of bringing themselves back into the game when the referee awarded them a penalty in the 16th minute, but a poorly taken penalty by scrum half Aaron Ofoyrwoth kept the score line the same.
In the 18th minute, the Welwitschias scored their third try of the match from a lineout after a brilliant driving maul saw hooker Orbet Nortje add to their score once more and Loubser converted to make the score 21-0.
Before the half time break, Namibias team captain Johan Deysel scored one more try for his team in the 27th minute but Loubser missed from the spot.
Uganda were again given a penalty in the 34th minutes and James Ijongat gamely added his teams first points on the scoreboard.
The half time score was 26-3 in favour of the home team.
In the second half, it was still a one-way affair as the Namibians ran in five more tries compared to their opponents who only scored a penalty.
Namibias tries in the second half were scored by hooker Louis van der Westhuizen (2), left flanker Wian Conradie (1), Greyling (1) while full back Chrysander Botha, who made his 50th cap on the day, also added to the score board with his try in the 66th minute of the match.
Ijongat scored his second penalty for the Rugby Cranes while Ofoyrwoth again missed a penalty in the second half.
Out of the five tries that were scored by Namibia in the second half, only two were converted. Loubser converted once while substitute Pieter Steenkamp converted the other.
Namibias next games in the competition will be on 23 June 2018, against Tunisia in Tunis.