‘We are ready for Japan’: Davies

08 Sep 2019 14:30pm
WALVIS BAY, 08 SEP (NAMPA) – Namibia senior national rugby coach Phil Davies said the team is ready to go and represent the country well at the upcoming 2019 Rugby World Cup slated for Japan from 20 September to 02 November.
Speaking to Nampa on Saturday after their second preparatory match against the Southern Kings at the Walvis Bay Private School rugby field, the coach expressed satisfaction at how his team had applied themselves during the two matches.
“Both this match and the one last week were very physical. We gave away too many penalties, though there was good intensity and I am pleased we won. I wish we controlled the ball a little better in the second half, and played to our structures and patterns,” he said.
He called on the players to keep going and represent the country with pride as the challenge ahead of them is big.
Coach Davies highlighted that the amount of work which the team have put in the last four years is starting to yield results.
“We have a young team that is looking forward to go to Japan and do our country proud,” he concluded.
Team captain Johan Deysel, who suffered a shoulder injury in the 11th minute of the Saturday match described the two wins as massive confidence boosters.
The Kings strengthened their team as they had a couple of new players who did not play in Windhoek last week, he noted.
“The pitch was a bit hard and it made things a bit different as the ball was a bit quick, everything was a bit fast today,” he said.
Namibia defeated the Kings by 28-22 and 21-17 respectively in their final two preparatory matches before they head off to Japan for the 2019 Rugby World Cup on 12 September.
They will face Italy in their opening match on 22 September and thereafter will play South Africa on 28 September in Toyota before facing defending champions and favourites New Zealand in Tokyo on 06 October.
They conclude their group stage matches against Canada on 13 October in Kamaishi.