Japan Beat Namibia 34-28

NAMIBIA suffered their first defeat at the Junior World Rugby Trophy in Hong Kong when they went down 34-28 to Japan on Friday.

In a see-saw match, Namibia shot into an early 14-0 lead but Japan came back to reduce the deficit to 14-12 at halftime.

Japan took the lead for the first time in the second half, and despite a g comeback by Namibia, they scored a late try for a 34-28 victory.

Namibia did the early attacking and went 6-0 ahead after two early penalties by flyhalf Chris Arries.

Namibian wing Reinolt Benade scored the first try after a fine break by Ethan Beukes and with Arries adding the conversion, they went 14-0 ahead.

Japan however opened their account with a try by centre Keisuke Morlya, converted by flyhalf Rikiya Matsuda, and then just before halftime eighth man Sota Oketani scored a pushover try to reduce the gap to 14-12.

Japan took the lead for the first time when centre Yuki Okada went over for a try converted by Matsuda, who also added a penalty to stretch their lead to 22-14.

Namibia came back after a fine try by eighth man Wian Conradie who broke several tackles before dotting down and with Arries adding the conversion, Japan geld a narrow 22-21 lead.

Japan wing Shuhei Narita scored a converted try but once again Namibia came back with flanker Immo Dresselhaus dotting down and replacement back Ascher Coetzee adding the conversion for a 29-28 deficit.

In the final minute of the match Japan however sealed their victory with a try by fullback Seiyo Ozaki to make the final score 34-28.

Namibia beat Canada 35-27 in their opening match and take on Uruguay in their final group match on 15 April.

Source : The Namibian