Namibia turns up heat in rugby friendly

Namibia turns up heat in rugby friendly

SWAKOPMUND – A Namibian invitation team beat a Western Region XV 50-5 in a friendly rugby match in Swakopmund on Saturday, after leading 29-0 at halftime.

The match served as preparation for Namibia ahead of next month’s World Cup qualifier against Kenya and although the opposition was not too strong, the Namibian team gave an encouraging and solid performance. Namibia started strongly with flanker Herman Lintvelt proving unstoppable early on.In the opening minutes he broke away from loose rucks to score two tries, and when scrumhalf Eugene Jantjies went over for a try which he also converted, Namibia had streaked into a 17-0 lead.With the forwards and backs combining well, Namibia kept on attacking and flanker Corne Powell was the next to score after a good break by hooker Cor van Tonder.Jantjies added the conversion and when Lintvelt barged over for his third try three minutes later, once again converted by Jantjies, Namibia held a comfortable 29-0 lead at halftime.After the break, the Western side defended well until the 51st minute when Melrick Africa finally burst over from a short pass by Du Preez Grobler.Fullback Heini Bock added the conversion.Two minutes later eighthman Sean Furter burst away from a ruck and passed to Corne Powell, who set centre Luwayne Botes clear to score under the posts, with Bock once again adding the conversion.Midway through the second half the Western side pressurised Namibia’s tryline, with flanker Campbell de Koe and lock Eric Naholo coming close to scoring, but Namibia’s defence stood firm and Lintvelt finally eased the pressure with a barging run to the halfway line.But the Western region didn’t give up and were finally rewarded with a 70th minute try by scrumhalf Rowan Besser when he collected a kick ahead to go over in the corner.Namibia had the final say when Melrick Africa burst over to score behind the posts, after Pieter Rossouw broke the defensive line.Bock added the conversion to make the final score 50-5.Namibia’s best forwards were Cor van Tonder, Lintvelt, Furter and regular centre Corne Powell who put in a fine performance on the flank.Amongst the backs, Jantjies gave a sharp service behind the scrum, while Du Preez Grobler dictated play at centre, combining well with new centre Luwayne Botes.The Namibian team will play one more warm-up match against a Northern Regional team in Tsumeb next Saturday, before leaving for Nairobi on September 6.Coach Johan Venter said he hoped to have Sharks prop forward Kees Lensing available for the match, while the two Stellenbosch University flankers, Thinus du Plessis and Pieter van Lill, would join the Namibian team soon.namibiasport.com.naNamibia started strongly with flanker Herman Lintvelt proving unstoppable early on.In the opening minutes he broke away from loose rucks to score two tries, and when scrumhalf Eugene Jantjies went over for a try which he also converted, Namibia had streaked into a 17-0 lead.With the forwards and backs combining well, Namibia kept on attacking and flanker Corne Powell was the next to score after a good break by hooker Cor van Tonder.Jantjies added the conversion and when Lintvelt barged over for his third try three minutes later, once again converted by Jantjies, Namibia held a comfortable 29-0 lead at halftime.After the break, the Western side defended well until the 51st minute when Melrick Africa finally burst over from a short pass by Du Preez Grobler.Fullback Heini Bock added the conversion.Two minutes later eighthman Sean Furter burst away from a ruck and passed to Corne Powell, who set centre Luwayne Botes clear to score under the posts, with Bock once again adding the conversion.Midway through the second half the Western side pressurised Namibia’s tryline, with flanker Campbell de Koe and lock Eric Naholo coming close to scoring, but Namibia’s defence stood firm and Lintvelt finally eased the pressure with a barging run to the halfway line.But the Western region didn’t give up and were finally rewarded with a 70th minute try by scrumhalf Rowan Besser when he collected a kick ahead to go over in the corner.Namibia had the final say when Melrick Africa burst over to score behind the posts, after Pieter Rossouw broke the defensive line.Bock added the conversion to make the final score 50-5.Namibia’s best forwards were Cor van Tonder, Lintvelt, Furter and regular centre Corne Powell who put in a fine performance on the flank.Amongst the backs, Jantjies gave a sharp service behind the scrum, while Du Preez Grobler dictated play at centre, combining well with new centre Luwayne Botes.The Namibian team will play one more warm-up match against a Northern Regional team in Tsumeb next Saturday, before leaving for Nairobi on September 6.Coach Johan Venter said he hoped to have Sharks prop forward Kees Lensing available for the match, while the two Stellenbosch University flankers, Thinus du Plessis and Pieter van Lill, would join the Namibian team soon.namibiasport.com.na

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