Namibia down Kings in final preparatory match

08 Sep 2019 12:00pm
WALVIS BAY, 08 SEP (NAMPA) – Namibia’s national rugby team defeated the Southern Kings by 21-17 points in their final preparatory match at Walvis Bay on Saturday, before they head off to Japan for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
This was their second win over the same South African opponents after last week’s 28-22 win in Windhoek.
Namibia took an early lead in the 13th minute through a penalty by fly half Cliven Loubser, after a foul by the Kings during a scrum.
His opposite number Demetri Catrakilis responded by converting a penalty of his own to make it 03-03 in the 18th minute.
Winger JC Greyling then went over for the first try of the match to make it 08-03 in the 29th minute before Alandre van Rooyen scored a try in the 37th minute which was converted by Catrakilis to make it 08-10 for the visitors.
Loubser made sure Namibia lead into the halftime break when he converted another penalty for an 11-10 scoreline.
The match, which was played under very physical conditions saw both teams lose a player in the 53rd minute for foul play after the referee showed PJ van Lill for the host and Thembelani Bholi of the visitors the red card.
That was after Loubser had scored another penalty in the 44th minute, to make it 14-10 for Namibia.
Substitute Louis van der Westhuizen scored another try for Namibia and Loubser converted to take the scoreline to 21-10 for Namibia.
The Kings then launched a fight back and were duly rewarded when Arthur de Wee scored a try in the 70th and Bader Pretorius converted to make it 21-17 in favour of the host, and set the stage for a navy finish.
Speaking after the match, Namibia’s head coach Phil Davies said his team played well at certain periods of the game, while expressing general satisfaction with his side’s preparations for the World Cup.
“It was a tough match, I am pleased to win. There was a little bit of indiscipline in the second half as we gave too many penalties away,” he noted.
Namibia leaves for Japan on 12 September where they will face Italy in their opening match on 22 September.