World Cup, Here We Come!

NAMIBIA qualified for the 2015 Rugby World Cup in dramatic fashion yesterday as they thrashed Madagascar 89-10 in Antananarivo.

With Zimbabwe having beaten Kenya 28-10 earlier in the day, Namibia had to beat Madagascar by 53 clear points to win the Four Nations tournament on points aggregate and they did so in style with a brilliant performance.

Namibia attacked the Madagascans from kickoff and in a scintillating display ran in a total of 11 tries as well as two penalty tries to complete an emphatic victory.

Eighthman Renaldo Bothma had a great match, scoring four tries, while winger David Philander scored two and Rohan Kitshoff, Jaco Engels, Chrysander Botha, Heinrich Smit and Johan Tromp had one try each.

Namibia’s forwards dominated the set pieces from the start as well as the rolling mauls where they pushed Madagascar back for metres at a time, while the back line attacked with pace and intent.

Eighthman Bothma opened Namibia’s account with an early try and from then on it was one-way traffic as Namibia tore Madagascar’s defence to shreds, with the forwards and backs combining brilliantly in a dominant display of power rugby.

Namibia kept up the pressure and the tries kept on coming as Madagascar wilted under the constant pressure.

Wing David Philander scored a brilliant try, slipping through several tackles and running 50 metres to touch down, while fullback Chrysander Botha scored another gem, to dot down after a long kick ahead.

The tries kept on coming and by half-time Namibia had already reached their target with a 63-0 lead.

Madagascar put up a better display in the second half, and threatened to reduce the deficit with some enterprising play.

They nearly scored from an intercept, but Philander made a great try-saving tackle, when he ran half the length of the field to tackle his opposite number into touch.

Madagascar opened their account with a penalty and a try when Chrysander Botha failed to clear an awkward bounce.

But Namibia soon took control again as Bothma charged through for his fourth try, while Tromp rounded off proceedings with a try to make the final score 89-10.

Flyhalf Theuns Kotze had a great kicking display, converting 12 of the 13 tries for a personal tally of 24 points.

At the end, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Kenya all finished on 10 points, but Namibia finished on top with a +76 points aggregate, while Zimbabwe had a +49 points aggregate and Kenya a +23 points aggregate.

It was an unbelievable comeback after Namibia got off to 29-22 defeat against Kenya last weekend. Even when they beat Zimbabwe 24-20 in their second match, they were still down in third place on the log, and going into the final day, they needed Zimbabwe to beat Kenya without a bonus point to stay in contention. This happened as Zimbabwe could only score three tries in their 28-10 victory, and Namibia finally took matters into their own hands with a clinical victory against Madagascar.

Namibia have now qualified for their fourth successive Rugby World Cup, a fantastic performance for a country with hardly 1 000 senior players to choose from. Things will however become more difficult now as Namibia has been drawn in a very tough group with world champions New Zealand, Argentina, Tonga and Georgia.

The Namibian fighting spirit was typified by their bloodied and bruised flanker Tinus du Plessis who was interviewed on SuperSport after the match.

“We just believed in our abilities and said it’s not over until the fat lady sings. I am so proud of this team and it’s a dream come true for us to play in the World Cup,” he said.

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Talkin’ about Monday,Black Namibians really drink too much.I went to Katutura yesterday afternoon,and what I saw there was shocking.People were sitting all over the streets,drinking like there is no tomorrow.I saw many women,especially young girls,walking around with beer bottles.I can only imagine the end results of such binge drinking.Talk about fornication,in the absence of or shortages of ARV’s.Please stop this stupid habit. – Aluta | 2014-07-07 08:23:00 || Comment id: 44098

Indeed my brother lets enjoy the accomplishment. Its just a monday. – Thee | 2014-07-07 08:07:00 || Comment id: 44089

Thee, you made me laugh! By whom? Happy Monday! Let’s just celebrate the accomplishment, we’re all Namibians! Thank you. – Mulife Muchali | 2014-07-07 07:57:00 || Comment id: 44084

Congratz!!!!!!!!!! – nangula | 2014-07-07 07:48:00 || Comment id: 44079

well done guys – marks | 2014-07-07 07:50:00 || Comment id: 44077

Well done to our Rugby national team, they have always done their best to ensure that we get represented at the international showpiece. NRU should try other avenues, we need to develop our game in order to compete at the world cup we shouldn’t just go there to add numbers. We can learn a lot from our Springbok neighbors, although money is major setback but we can do better. Well done once again, let’s go there and enjoy ourselves! – Wambe tu zuwe… | 2014-07-07 07:30:00 || Comment id: 44073

oooh. Mulife Muchali don’t forget that you are a wanted person. – Thee | 2014-07-07 07:36:00 || Comment id: 44072

Congratulations! Namibia. Let’s hope our national rugby team will go to greater heights during the World Cup 2015. You have given us a reason to look forward to the upcoming world competition. BRAVO! – Mulife Muchali | 2014-07-07 07:18:00 || Comment id: 44071

Rugby is white dominated thats why there’s progress. In southern Africa rugby is considered a whites only sport. Our rugby team has played at the world cup before. Im not saying whites are better sport people than blacks, but whites are determined and they play with passion. Blacks on the other hand are dominant at soccer, our soccer team has never played the world cup not that we dont have good players but because of the black man ego. Other reasons are cos we have no determination, everyone wants to make a name, NFA is corrupt, players are not paid accordingly and they love money etc… Again this is not because whites are better than us its because we dont know that we are better than what we are. Rise Up Black man! – Statik | 2014-07-07 07:11:00 || Comment id: 44067

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Source : The Namibian