Namibia lose Nations Cup opener

05 Jun 2019 14:00pm
WINDHOEK, 05 JUN (NAMPA) – Namibia lost their opening match of the Nations Cup 25-39 to Argentina XV in a match played at the Estadio Charrua in Montevideo, Uruguay on Tuesday.
The two teams went into halftime tied at 12-12, after Namibia were leading for most of the half, the match streamed live via the World Rugby’s official twitter account showed.
Namibia took a 17th-minute lead through Obert Nortje’s try which was not converted, before Argentina struck back 10 minutes later when winger Manuel Montero crossed the line.
Oderich Mouton restored Namibia’s advantage through a converted try by Cliven Loubser to make it 12-5 for Namibia.
Argentina were then awarded a penalty try following a foul by Namibia’s prop Aranos Coetzee, who was sin binned for the incident just before halftime to leave the two sides tied at 12-12.
The Namibians came back strongly in the second half as JC Greyling scored a try within a minute of restart, but their opponents were quick to respond with their own converted try to leave the two sides 19-19.
Argentina then took control of the match scoring a converted try through two-try hero Facundo Cordero, before the two sides exchanged two penalties each to make it 32-25 for Argentina.
Cordero scored his second converted try to seal their 39-25 victory.
Meanwhile in the other match on the day, Uruguay beat Russia 48-26.
The round-robin tournament continues on Sunday with Uruguay to encounter Namibia immediately after the match scheduled between Argentina and Russia.