Namibia Lose Opening Two Matches in Portugal

Namibia lost their opening two matches at the World Rugby Under 20 Trophy competition in Lisbon, Portugal over the weekend.

On Thursday, Namibia lost 35-20 against Canada and two days later they lost 45-11 against Tonga.

Namibia matched their opponents in both matches till half time but couldn’t keep up the pace in the second half to lose both matches comprehensively.

In their first match on Thursday, they were trailing 13-10 at halftime, but Canada finished ger to win the match 35-20.

Namibia scored three tries, with eighthman Christo van der Merwe scoring twice and prop Jason Benade once, while flyhalf Henrique Olivier added a penalty and a conversion.

On Saturday, Namibia once again matched Tonga till halftime when they trailed 18-13, but Tonga stepped up the tempo after the break, scoring six unanswered tries to run out comfortable winners.

Tonga scored a total of eight tries while Namibia scored one through eighthman Christo van der Merwe, while flyhalf Reinold Benade added two penalties and a conversion.

Namibia are now bottom of Pool B with one group match remaining against Hong Kong on Wednesday.

Tonga, who beat Hong Kong 35-16 on Thursday, lead the pool on 10 points, followed by Canada on nine points, while Hong Kong and Namibia are both on zero points.

Georgia lead Pool A on nine points after beating Fiji 30-13 and Uruguay 46-12 in their opening two matches.

Fiji and Uruguay are both on five points and Portugal on zero points.

Source : The Namibian