Namibia hunt second win

Namibia will play Russia in their last match of the World Rugby Nations Cup tomorrow.

14 June 2019 | Sports

Namibia's senior men's rugby team caused a big upset in their second match by beating hosts and defending World Rugby Nations Cup champions Uruguay, and are hoping to repeat their exploits when they clash with Russia tomorrow in their final match.

Flyhalf Cliven Loubser broke Uruguayan hearts with the last kick of the game on Tuesday, with the match ending 30-28 in the Namibian team's favour, as they recorded their first win at the tournament.

This was definitely a sweet victory for the Namibians after they lost their first match 25-39 against Argentina XV on 4 June.

The tournament forms part of their preparations for the upcoming 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

Filled with a mixture of youngsters and a group of experienced players, Namibia will play alongside Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and Italy in Group B in Japan.

Head coach of the team Phil Davies said their first match against Argentina was their most structured and controlled game so far against quality opposition.

“We are very pleased about how we played,” he said.

Davies said he is proud of the team's performance and that they are moving in the right direction, considering they defeated Uruguay in their second match, who are ranked way above them in the world rankings.

“The World Rugby Nations Cup provides a vital opportunity for the competition teams to advance their Rugby World Cup preparations and test their squad selections just three months ahead of the showpiece tournament in Japan,” World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont said.

Topping the log are Uruguay with seven points, as they secured a bonus point win over Russia.

Argentina are second on six points. Russia are third, while Namibia remain at the bottom of the log with four points.

LIMBA MUPETAMI

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