Positive Start By Namibia

Namibia started the next level of their preparations for the Rugby World Cup in September with a hard fought 22-14 win over Tunisia in the city of Nabeul in Tunisia on Saturday.

The match played in front of about one thousand spectators was also the start of their defence of the Africa Cup they won in Madagascar last year.

Looking to gain momentum in their preparations for their match against the All Blacks on the 24th September, Namibia started well when their France based flyhalf Theuns Kotzecirc broke through the defence to send eighthman JP van Lill through to score under the posts just four minutes into the game.

Namibia looked set for a big score when New Zealand based centre David Philander intercepted to score Namibia’s second try just 5 minutes later.

Strange officiating by the French referee did not help Namibia’s cause but the Welwitschias also contributed to their own problems as they lost at least 5 of their own line-outs and gave away possession at crucial times. Tunisia scored from a line-out drive and added a penalty to trail 12-8 at the break.

In the second half Namibia squandered at least three trying-scoring opportunities while the Tunisians reduced the deficit through two penalties on the rare occasions they ventured into Namibia’s half.

At one stage Tunisia were leading 14-12 but a Kotze penalty and a second try by Philander eventually gave Namibia a 22-14 victory.

Namibia now travel to Romania for the Nations Cup where they will face the Argentine Jaguars, Romania and Spain.

Result : Africa Cup 1A

Namibia 22 (12) : Tries by PJ van Lill, David Philander (2), Theuns Kotzecirc 1 x penalty and 2 x conversions.

Tunisia 14 (8) 1 x try, 3 x penalties.

Source : The Namibian