Welwitschias to play Spain in second match of European tour

14 Nov 2018 14:20pm
REHOBOTH, 14 NOV (NAMPA) – After having lost their opening match of their European tour 47-20 against host Russia, Namibia’s national rugby team is scheduled to play Spain this coming Saturday in their second match.
A statement availed to Nampa on Wednesday said the players have performed very well over the past few years and they have developed consistency in the way they play.
“On Tuesday, the team bounced back with hard work to set the readiness scene for a tough match against Spain. The game plan for this coming weekend is all about improving our basics for this upcoming match, for example set piece, breakdown and defensive tackles,” head coach Phil Davies was quoted as saying in the statement.
He said the overall spirit in the team is good and the players are disappointed by the result against Russia, but this does not define the team as they keep working on ways to improve their game.
“We have not played a competitive match since 18 August, so we are very pleased to get a test under the belt and move forward,” Davies said.
The statement further said the head coach does not consider the injuries sustained in the first match as “too bad”. Two fly-halves and a prop will be out this coming Saturday, however they should be fit again for the game against Portugal on 24 November, which is also their final match of the tour.
Davies added that the motivation for next year’s World Cup in Japan is high, and it is all about continuously developing as a team and individuals.
The starting team for Saturday will be announced on Thursday. The match against Spain is taking place in Madrid, Spain at the Estadio Nacional Complutense Stadium. Kick-off is scheduled for 15h45, Central African Time.