Namibia fall to New Zealand

Namibia produced an inspired performance in the first 30 minutes of their match against World Champions New Zealand but it was not enough as they suffered a 71-09 defeat in their third 2019 Rugby World Cup match on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan.

Namibia took a surprise lead through the boot of Damien Stevens from the penalty to for a three-nil lead.

However, New Zealand struck back within two minutes as Sevu Reece touched down for a try to put the All Blacks 05-03 ahead.

Namibia who is the lowest-ranked team at the tournament matched their more fancied opponents' pound for pound until the 21st minute when Anton Lienert-Brown scored the second try for his New Zealand to make it 10-03 before another Stephens penalty reduced the deficit to 10-06.

Stephens was back to haunt the opponents with another penalty kick making it 10-09 with 10 minutes to go to the break.

However, New Zealand scored two quick tries before the end of the half through Angus Ta'avao and Ben Smith after Nepo Laulala had been sin-binned for a foul, leaving the All blacks leading 24-09 at the break.

Namibia conceded eight tries in the second half as the New Zealanders upped the tempo through Joe Moody, Lienert-Brown, Reece, Captain Sam Whitelock, Smith, Jordie Barrett, and replacement

Namibia, however, reorganised themselves and started troubling their opponents but New Zealand scored TJ Perenara.

Of the 11 tries scored by the All Blacks, Barret converted eight of them missing three leading his side to a comprehensive 71-09 victory over Namibia.

With the victory, the All Blacks recorded their most points in a World Cup game since they scored 79 against Canada in 2011 and the most by any team at this edition.

Namibia plays its last match of the 2019 Rugby World Cup against Canada on Saturday 12 October at Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium.

SOURCE: NAMIBIA PRESS AGENCY