Welwitschias’ bad form continues as they fall to Valke

09 Jun 2019 13:10pm
WINDHOEK, 09 JUN (NAMPA) – The Welwitschias' bad form in the 2019 SuperSport Rugby Challenge continued on Saturday as they were defeated 56-12 by the Valke at the Hage Geingob Stadium in Windhoek.
It took the South African visitors just four minutes to register their first points against a weakened Namibian side when Wiehan Jacobs touched down for a try that was converted by flyhalf Andries Truter.
Namibia, who fielded players from the local clubs due to the fact that the senior team is participating in the Nations Cup in Uruguay, fell further behind three minutes later when Lundi Ralarala added a second to make it 10-0 for the visitors, but Truter failed to convert.
The Welwitschias had a chance to get their scoreboard ticking when they were awarded a penalty, but it was missed by Lorenzo Luis in the 13th minute, leaving the home team trailing 12-0.
The Namibians continued to make a lot of handling mistakes and were duly punished when Rodney Damons continued the whitewash to make it 17-0.
Further tries by Damons (two) and Boela Venter (one) saw the visitors go to halftime leading 32-0.
Truter only converted one of the six tries scored by his side in the first half.
The second half saw a much improved performance by the home team but it was not enough as the visitors continued to score at will, with Thabo Mabuza adding his name to the try scorers list to make it 37-0.
Namibia had something to shout about as Gerhard Thirion scored the home team’s first try but Luis missed the conversion, making it 37-05 for the visitors.
Mabuza and Coert Cronje added two more tries with one conversion by substitute kicker Anrich Richter, which brought the score to 49-05.
Welwitschias then scored their second try through Milaan van Wyk and this time Luis was on point with a conversion for a 49-12 scoreline.
The visitors had the last say as Juan Nel joined the scoring party and Richter converted for a final score of 56-12.
In total, the visitors scored 10 tries and converted three, while Namibia score two tries and converted one.
The defeat in the final match of this year’s tournament sees the Namibian side ending the season without a single point after eight matches, four of which were played in Namibia and the rest in South Africa.