28 Sep 2019 15:20pm
By Maqonda Ndlovu
TOYOTASHI, 28 SEP (NAMPA) Namibia lost their second match at the 2019 Rugby World Cup by 57-03 to South Africa (SA) at the Toyota Stadium here in Japan on Saturday.
Namibia, who lost their opening match to Italy by 47-22 at Hanazono Stadium conceded the first try of the match in the ninth minute, following a driving maul from a lineout inside their 23-metre line, with Mbongeni Mbonambi touching down.
Elton Jantjies, who had a night here to forget with his boot converted to make it 07-0.
Five minutes later it was 12-0 in favour of SA as Francois Louw scored a second try from another driving maul which was converted by Jantjies.
Mbonambi was back to haunt Namibia yet again from a driving maul to score his second converted try of the day, bringing the score to 19-0 as Namibia failed to match the strength of their opponents.
Cliven Loubser scored Namibias only points from a penalty in the 19th minute as Namibia tried to find their way into the match.
South Africa continued to dominate possession and the game in general, scoring two more tries through Makazole Mapimpi and Lukhanyo Am of which one was converted to leave the halftime scoreline at 31-03.
Second half saw SA add four more tries through Warrick Gelant, Mapimpi, Siya Kolisi and captain of the day Schalk Brits.
Loubser missed a penalty as SAs Jantjies converted two of the four second-half tries to condemn Namibia to a 57-03 defeat.
Phil Davies, Namibias coach paid tribute to SA saying they showed their superiority in all aspects of the match.
They controlled everything, we made a couple of mistakes as well to gift them some points. But we also held our own. My players kept playing and tried to keep the ball and create some pressure, he said.
He added that keeping SA under 60 points at this level will give his players a morale boost for their next match against New Zealand on Sunday, 06 October in Tokyo.
Namibia will then face Canada on Sunday, 13 October in their final group match.
SA next plays Italy on Friday, 04 October before facing Canada on Tuesday, 08 October.