WINDHOEK, 05 AUG – Namibia’s senior national rugby team, the Welwitschias, won their fourth match of the Rugby Africa Gold Cup 58-28 against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo on Saturday.
With the win, Namibia extended their lead at the top of the six-team table by 20 points and moved a step closer to booking a spot at the 2019 Rugby World Cup finals that will be held in Japan.
Lesley Klim, PJ van Lill and Johann Greyling ran in Namibia’s first half tries which were converted by Cliven Loubser, who also scored two penalties for a 27-7 halftime lead.
In the second half, Namibia’s Wian Conradie was the first to score with later contributions from Torsten van Jaarsveld, Tjiuee Uanive, Johan van der Westhuizen and Johan Tromp managing to contribute with a try each.
Loubser converted two of the three tries, while Pieter Steenkamp scored once from the two conversions to take their tally to 58 points on the day.
Speaking after the match that was streamed live on Youtube, Namibia’s head coach Phil Davies said Zimbabwe played a good game with good offloads, which put them under pressure.
“What we did is dig deep. We were very clinical when we had to be and we deserve the victory,” he said.
With the win on Saturday, Namibia is in the driving seat to qualify to their sixth consecutive Rugby World Cup, but their last group match against Kenya on 18 August at the Hage Geingob Stadium in Windhoek will be crucial should Kenya beat Tunisia next week.