Welwitschias score first point at World Cup

WINDHOEK: The national senior rugby team, the Welwitschias on Wednesday night scored its first ever points at the Rugby World Cup after going down 16-17 to Georgia.

The Welwitschias have thus far played three games at the 2015 Rugby World Cup currently underway in England.

In their first match of the tournament against defending champions New Zealand, they lost 14-58, and in the second game they lost 21-35 to Tonga.

On Wednesday night the Welwitschias lost to Tonga in a nail-biting encounter. The Namibian team scored two penalties through Theuns Kotzè in the first minute and 17th minute to make the half-time score 6-0 in favor of Namibia.

In the second half, Georgia came out the stronger side after scoring the first try of the game in the 49th minute, which was converted. Georgia doubled their score in the 55th minute with another try. It was also converted.

In the 67th minute they were awarded a penalty and they converted from the spot to extend the lead to 6-17.

With only 10 minutes left into the game Namibia won a penalty and Kotze managed to convert from the spot and brought down the scores to 9-17.

The resilient Namibia’s scored their only try of the game in the 73rd minute. Kotze ran in the try and he converted from the spot. With the try Kotze became Namibia’s highest scorer at the World Cup.

Despite the brilliant display produced by the Namibians on the defense, three yellow cards – Raoul Larson, Johannes Coetzee and Renaldo Bothma all went to the sin-bin – this did not help their cause.

With the 16-17 lose; Namibia earned its first ever World Cup point a historic losing bonus point for finishing within seven points from the winners score. The one point is the first they have ever scored since their first appearance at the World Cup in 1999.

Speaking after the game Namibia captain Jacques Burger said it was a nerve breaking game with him watching from the line.

“We deserved to win the game today, but it all did not go our way. I am proud of the boys and what they did today for putting up a very brilliant display in the defense against a Georgia team that was attacking throughout the match, we are now looking forward to our next game at the World Cup,” said Burger.

Burger was pulled out of the game in the 10th minute after sustaining an injury, but he told the media after the game he is well and mighty be ready for Namibia’s next game.

Namibia will play their last game of the World Cup on Sunday against Argentina at 13h00 local time.