We are ready for Japan’: Davies

Namibia Senior National Rugby Coach Phil Davis and captain Johan Deysel say the team is ready to go and represent the country well in Japan at the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

Speaking to Nampa on Saturday after their second preparatory match against The Southern Kings at Walvish Bay Private School Rugby Field, coach Davis expressed satisfaction at how his team had applied themselves during the two matches.

It was a very physical match today and last week. We gave away too many penalties, though there was good intensity and I am pleased we won. I wish we controlled the ball a little better in the second half, and play to our structures ad patterns, he said.

He called on the players to keep going and represent the country with pride as the challenge ahead of them is big.

He said the amount of work which the team put in the last four years is starting to yield results.

We have a young team that is looking forward to going to Japan and doing our country proud, Davis concluded.

Captain Deysel, who suffered a shoulder injury in the 11th minute added that the two wins were massive confidence booster.

The Kings strengthened their team as they had a couple of new players who did not play last week. The pitch was a bit hard and it made things a bit different as the ball was a bit quick, everything was a bit fast today, he said.

He said the two wins have given the team a bit of momentum and they look forward to facing Italy in their opening match on 22 September.

Namibia, who are looking for their first ever win at the Rugby World Cup will then play South Africa on 28 September in Toyota before facing defending champions and favourites New Zealand in Tokyo on 06 October.

They conclude their group stage matches against Canada on 13th October in Kamaishi.

Namibia defeated the Kings by 28-22 and 21-17 points in their final two preparatory match before they head of to Japan for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

Namibia leaves for Japan on the 12th of September.

Source: Namibia Press Agency