Nam vs Japan in IRB Junior tourney on Friday

WINDHOEK: Namibia Under 20 rugby team still in contention to qualify for next year’s IRB Junior World Rugby Cup (JWRC) in Italy.

In a match that was played on Monday, Canada lost to Namibia 25-37 and the national under twenty head coach Jan Dames, told the Namibian Rugby Union in his report that the team was well prepared for their open game.

“To get a first win in the opening game of the tournament against Canada comes down to guts and character,” we were aware of their physicality upfront, we spent a great deal of preparation on defence, and went to the game not wanting to concede a try” said Jan Dames

Jan added that, “The team did not give their desired performance at the start of this tournament, but still managed to get the result”.

But they are now definitely looking at building on their last performance going into tomorrow’s match against Japan.

Friday April 11th Namibia will play Japan, a team that narrowly lost 28-33 to Uruguay in their opening game.

Jan said he is confident his boys are ready for their Asian counterpart but wary of the change in playing condition that they experience in the first game.

“The playing surface (Artificial) is a challenge our players are getting used to, as the game is a lot faster on this surface”. Explained Jan

Going into Japan’s game at six o’clock our local time tomorrow morning at the Hong Kong Football Club Ground, (Hong Kong) Namibia are top of the table and will be hoping to maintain that, as on Tuesday April 15th they will play their last group game at the same venue against Uruguay at 10:00am our time.

Herewith the group B log-standing:

Group B

Team W D L PTS

Namibia 1 0 0 5

Uruguay 1 0 0 4

Japan 0 0 1 2

Canada 0 0 1 0

(edited)WINDHOEK: Namibia’s under-20 rugby team is still in contention to qualify for next year’s International Rugby Board (IRB) Junior World Cup (JWRC) in Italy.

The Namibians beat Canada 37-25 in their opening match of the 2014 IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy tournament underway in Hong Kong on Monday.

Namibia’s head coach Jan Dames was quoted in a media statement from the Namibian Rugby Union on Thursday that his team was well prepared for their opening game.

“To get a first win in the opening game of the tournament against Canada comes down to guts and character.

We were aware of their (Canada) physicality upfront. We spent a great deal of preparation on defence and went into the game not wanting to concede a try,” said Dames.

The Namibians are now facing Japan on Friday.

The Japanese narrowly lost to Uruguay (28-33) in their opening game on Monday.

Dames said his boys are ready for that Asian team.

“The playing surface (artificial) is a challenge but our players are getting used to. The game is a lot faster on this surface,” said the Namibian coach.

The match against Japan is 06h00 local time at the Hong Kong Football Club Ground.

Namibia will face Uruguay in their last Group B match on Tuesday next week at 10h00 local time.

Namibia is currently leading the log with five points, followed by Uruguay in second place with four points, Japan with two bonus points and Canada zero.

Other nations playing the tournament are Tonga, Georgia, the United States of America and hosts Hong Kong in Group A.