Namibia down Kings in final preparatory match

Namibia's National Rugby Team defeated the Southern Kings by 21-17 points in their final preparatory match before they head of to Japan for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

This was their second win over the same opponents after last week's 28-22 win at Hage Geingob Stadium.

Namibia took an early lead in the 13th minute through a penalty by Fly Half Cliven Loubser, after afoul by the Kings during a scrum.

His opposite number Demetri Catrakilis responded by converting a penalty of his own to make it 03-03 in the 18th minute.

Winger JC Greyling then went over for the first try of the match to make it 08-03 in the 29th minute before Alandre van Rooyen scored a try in the 37th minute which was converted by Catrakilis to make it 08-10 for the visitors.

Loubser made sure Namibia went into the halftime break leading when he converted another penalty for a 11-10 scoreline.

The match, which was played under very physical conditions saw both teams lose a player in the 53rd minute for foul play after the referee showed Pj van Lill for the host and Thembelani Bholi of the visitors a red card.

That was after Loubser had scored another penalty in the 44th minute, to make it 14-10 for Namibia.

Substitute Louis van der Westhuizen then scored another try for Namibia and Loubser converted to take the scoreline to 21-10 for Namibia.

The Kings then launched a fight back and were duly rewarded when Arthur de Wee scored a try in the 70th and Bader Pretorius converted to make 21-17 in favour of the host, and set the stage for a navy finish.

However Namibia held on for victory as pressure from the Namibian's forced handling mistakes to deny the Kings victory in the dying minutes of the match.

Speaking after the match, head Coach Phil Davies said his team had played well at certain periods of the game, while expressing general satisfaction with his side's preparations for the World Cup Finals.

It was a tough match, I am pleased to win. There was a little bit of indiscipline in the second half as we gave too many penalties away, he added.

Namibia eaves for Japan on the 12th of September where they will face Italy in their opening match on 22nd.

Source: Namibia Press Agency