‘There will be no love lost when we face Springboks’: Walters

28 Sep 2019 09:20am
By Maqonda Ndlovu
TOYOTASHI, 28 SEP (NAMPA) – Peter John (PJ) Walters, Namibia’s senior national rugby team winger, says there will be no love lost when Namibia face South Africa in their second match at the Rugby World Cup in Japan.
Namibia, who lost their opening match of Pool B 47-22 to Italy, will on Saturday face South Africa, who also lost their opener against New Zealand.
The two teams will clash in their second pool match at the City of Toyota Stadium in Toyota, Japan.
In a media conference held Friday in Toyotashi, Walters said they will go back to basics when they take on South Africa, who are the African continent’s greatest rugby team.
“I don’t think there will be any love lost when we clash with South Africa because we are neighbouring countries and the only two countries representing Africa. I just think that we are going to have a great encounter and there will be a great atmosphere, as well as big opportunities,” said Walters.
Speaking at the same occasion Mark Jones, Namibia’s attack coach, said the team prepared well and this crop of players are worthy and willing to play in the World Cup.
“We have to look at the strength of our group and what their DNA is, but what we are trying to do is leave a legacy with these players. Even when they are going to be coached by other coaches, they will have as many weapons in their armoury as they can possibly have because the best players in the world are the most adaptable ones,” Jones said.
He added that the Namibian team is a young group whose next step will be learning the ability of adapting the game to the circumstances that present themselves.
“Winning doesn’t just happen, it’s based on performance, and it’s based on developing your performance and not making the same mistakes. We are just looking for that next step up. If it means improving our tackles or scoring another three tries and maybe developing our ball retention, more so if it means conceding less tries, that means we have improved on our performance,” stated Jones.
The assistant coach also mentioned that players will take what they have worked on in the last four years to their next World Cup.
“We have a number of young players who can still compete in the next World Cup, but what’s important at the moment is they are going to leave a legacy for the upcoming Namibian players that will join the ranks in the future.”
The match kicks off at 11h45 local time.