Canada Beat Namibia 17-13

Namibia’s Welwitschias got their European tour off with a narrow 17-13 defeat against Canada on Friday night.

For Canada, scrumhalf Gordon McRorie scored four penalties and flanker Nanyak Dala a try, while Namibia’s points came via a try by captain Jacques Burger and two penalties and a conversion by flyhalf Theuns Kotze.

Playing at Colwyn Bay in Wales, Namibia’s forwards gave a good account of themselves in the scrums while Tjiuee Uanivi was the standout player in the lineouts. Namibia’s back line though seldom got going, while they also lost too much possession through knock-ons and turnovers won by Canada.

Canada took an early lead through a McRorie penalty and Namibia suffered a big setback when fullback Chrysander Botha was stretchered off with an injury after only eight minutes.

Another McRorie penalty put Canada 6-0 ahead before Theuns Kotze opened Namibia’s account with a penalty on 26 minutes.

McRorie and Kotze once again traded penalties to make the score 9-6 and just before halftime Namibian flanker Rohan Kitshoff was sin binned for a foul tackle.

Canada started the second half on the attack, pounding away at Namibia’s tryline, before they stretched their lead to 12-6 after another McRorie penalty.

They scored the first try of the match on 56 minutes when flanker Nanyak Dala went over in the corner after a quick back line movement. McRorie missed the conversion but they took a 17-6 lead.

With four minutes to go Jacques Burger scored a great try for Namibia when he went over in the left hand corner from a driving maul. Kotze added a great conversion to reduce the deficit to 17-13.

Canada flyhalf Connor Braid hit the post with a penalty attempt in the closing stages but Namibia missed a great chance to steal the match at the end when Johan Deysel launched a counterattack, sending David Philander away, but DTH van der Merwe made a try saving tackle for Canada.

Despite the defeat it was a fine performance by Namibia, as they excelled on the defence and in the set pieces. Canada however had the upper hand in the loose, winning numerous turnovers, while Namibia will have to improve their ball handling skills and support play.

Source : The Namibian