Welwitchias beat DHL Western Province 30-28

WINDHOEK: The Namibian national rugby team beat the DHL Western Province (WP) team from South Africa by 30 points to 28 at the Hage Geingob Stadium in the capital on Saturday.

The Cape Town-based professional rugby team opened the scoring within minutes of kick-off through a try by EW Viljoen. Robert du Preez then converted the try, putting his team in the lead with 7-0.

The Windhoek Draught Welwitchias then capitalised on a penalty kick by Theuns Kotze to gain three points.

The visitors continued their pressure and attack, giving the Namibians little chance to score, accept through successful penalty kicks by Kotze.

The half-time score was 13-9.

The second half saw a determined Namibian team back on the field, and a try by captain PJ van Lill boosted their determination to win. The subsequent conversation kick by Kotze was fruitless.

Province’s JP Lewis and Viljoen ensured two tries each, and with successful conversions kicks made the gap bigger (25-17).

However, Kotze narrowed the gap to 25-20 via another penalty kick.

With only a few minutes left on the clock, Johan Deysel scored Namibia’s second try, putting the score level at 25 points.

This time Kotze converted successfully, putting his team in the lead for the first time (27-25).

However, the visitors would have none of that and a penalty kick put them back in the lead with one point (28-27).

But with continued pressure and a game plan, the Welwitchias were awarded another penalty kick, which pushed their score to 30.

A delighted van Lill told the media after the match they made a few mistakes, which they learned from.

“It is always tough playing against a professional team like the Western Province – they are very physical and very fast, and we made a few mistakes during the game,” he said.

WP captain Gary van Aswegen said it was a tough one and did not expect such a physical match.

“We did not start the second half very well, and we slipped a few easy tries,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Namibians will face the Vodacom Blue Bulls here on Saturday in preparation for the Namibians’ qualifying matches for the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England.