Bulls Beat Brave Welwitschias 34-13

The Windhoek Draught Welwitschias put up a great defensive display before losing 34-13 to the Blue Bulls in Windhoek on Saturday.

The teams were tied at 6-all at halftime and Namibia even took a 13-6 lead after a fine try by David Philander, but the Bulls struck back with four second half tries to run out comfortable victors.

The Bulls’ try scorers were flanker and captain Jono Ross, wing Bjorn Basson, centre William Small Smith and utility back Megiel Odendaal, while flyhalf Jacques Louis Potgieter added 14 points with the boot.

For the Welwitschias wing David Philander scored a try while fullback Chrysander Botha added two penalties and wing John Tromp one conversion.

Playing on a sunny winter’s day in front of about 5 000 fans at the Hage Geingob Stadium, the Bulls took the lead through a penalty in the fifth minute by flyhalf Jacques Louis Potgieter.

Namibian fullback Chrysander Botha hooked a penalty attempt two minutes later but made sure with a second attempt on 9m to tie the score at 3-3.

The Bulls suffered a setback when flanker Jacques du Plessis went off with a broken jaw after a crash tackle by Namibian eighth man Ronaldo Bothma and Christiaan de Bruin came on as a substitute.

Namibia continued to unsettle the Bulls with their hard tackles and the visitors could not beak through for the rest of the half.

Botha landed a penalty on 24m to put Namibia 6-3 ahead, but Potgieter made it 6-6 with a penalty on the stroke of halftime after the Bulls had camped on Namibia’s try line.

Namibia once again took the lead through a great try by David Philander early in the second half.

Philander started a counterattack, breaking down the touchline from within his own half, and then linking up with Heinrich Smit and Chrysander Botha, before finishing off a great move to touch down. Johan Tromp added the conversion to put Namibia 13-6 ahead on 47 minutes.

The Bulls struck back immediately from the kickoff when Jono Ross barged over for an unconverted try, and when Potgieter put over a penalty on 52m they took the lead for the first time at 14-13.

Wing Bjorn Basson scored next when he fielded a cross field kick by Potgieter to touch down in the corner and when Potgieter added a penalty on 60m they went 22-13 ahead.

The Bulls camped on Namibia’s try line in the final quarter but some great tackling kept them at bay.

The Bulls’ centre William Small Smith finally broke through for a try on 74m, while Megiel Odendaal added a converted try just before full-time to make the final score 34-13 to the Bulls.

Source : The Namibian