WINDHOEK, 13 MAY – The Windhoek Draught Welwitschias were thrashed 12-54 at home by the iCollege Pumas from South Africa in their fourth match of the SuperSport Rugby Challenge Saturday.
In the match played at the Hage Geingob Stadium, Namibia’s senior men’s national team had little to offer in the opening minutes as the Pumas took the lead in the second minute with Jandre Rudolph running in a try, which was converted by Justin van Staden.
The visitors got their second try of the match in the sixth minute through Ruwellyn Isbell and Van Staden made no mistake from the spot.
The Welwitschias pulled themselves together and got one of their only two tries in the match in the 13th minute by Pieter Steenkamp and he converted.
It took the visitors five minutes to find their third try in the 18th minute, with Cameron Lindsay scoring and Van Staden once again converting.
In the 25th minute the Pumas continued with their rampage on the home team as Henko Marais scored their fourth try of the day which was also converted by Van Staden.
Steenkamp scored the Welwitschias last try of the match in the 27th minute but he failed to convert from the spot.
Jean-Paul Lewis of the Pumas found himself on the score sheet when he ran in their fifth try of the match but this time around Van Staden failed to convert from the spot.
The half-time score was 12-33 for the visitors.
In the second half, the Pumas scored two more tries and converted both of them along with being awarded a penalty try by referee Stephan Geldenhuys just before the final whistle after continuous infringements by the home side.
The Welwitschias found the going tough in the second half, failing to add to their points.
The Pumas’ second-half scorers were Abraham Griesel; Hugo Klooper and Van Staden, who converted twice from the spot.
In total, the Pumas ran in seven tries, six of which were converted, while the Namibians ran in two tries with one conversion.
The Pumas received four points as bonus for scoring at least three more tries than their opponents.