Welwitschias stand their ground against Blue Bulls

WINDHOEK: South Africa’s Blue Bulls won the friendly match against the Welwitschias on Saturday, but the local team ensured that the Bulls had to work for every point they scored.

The first half of the match at the Hage Geingob Rugby Stadium in Windhoek saw some good rugby played as not one of the teams allowed the other to score a single try, and points in the first half only consisted of penalty kicks which brought the score to six points each.

Only during the second half did the spectators get what they came for when Namibia’s David Philander scored the first try of the match for his team, putting the Welwitschias in the lead with a score of 11-6. With a conversion by Johan Tromp, the Welwitschias took the lead 13-6.

Blue Bulls captain Jonathan ‘Jono’ Ross scored the first try for his team, narrowing the gap to 13-11. Jacques-Louis Potgieter could not convert his captain’s try, leaving the Welwitschias still in the lead.

Only when a penalty kick was awarded by referee Danie Koen did the Bulls take the lead when Potgieter’s kick increased his team’s score 14-13. Bjorn Basson scored another try, and this time Potgieter failed to convert, putting the score at 19-13.

The Bulls kept the pressure on Namibia, and scored another two tries during the second half. A try by Megiel Odendal in the last minute of the match ensured a win of 34-13.

Welwitschias captain Rohan Kitshoff said his team performed well against the Bulls.

“We do not play at this level enough. I believe that if we play at this level more, we will get used to this tempo,” he told reporters after the game.

Talking about his team’s performance, Ross said he expected a tough game.

“It was a tough match, I knew it would be as they (Welwitschias) have quality players,” he said. The Bulls captain also wished the Welwitschias good luck with their preparations for the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England.