Welwitschias host high-flying Bulls

The Welwitschias will face the high-flying Blue Bulls tomorrow, as they look to build on their first win last weekend in this year's SuperSport Rugby Challenge.

01 June 2018 | Sports

LIMBA MUPETAMI





The Windhoek Draught Welwitschias will play the Blue Bulls tomorrow at the Hage Geingob Stadium in the SuperSport Rugby Challenge.

The Welwitschias will face a side that sits in a comfortable second position on the log with 16 points.

The home team defeated Hino Valke 34-24 in South Africa last weekend, recording their first win in the challenge.

Given that it was achieved away from the comfortable confines of the Hage Geingob Stadium, as well their home supporters in Windhoek, the Welwitschias victory was a huge achievement for the team, hasn’t won for many moons.

Coach Lyn Jones attributed the win to hard work and learning.

“There are no shortcuts. Players are not always taught how to learn or how to train. That has been the toughest area to overcome. But one away win doesn’t mean we have arrived; it just shows that we are on the right route to compete consistently.”

Jones further said that winning gives pleasure and the players really enjoyed the few hours after the match. “It must be 28 to 30 years since we won an away match. But it’s back to work for the Bulls. This competition is a big part of the process to win our first match at a Rugby World Cup,” he said.

Jones said the team’s focus has been to grow, understand the game better and to condition, as they prepare for the World Cup qualifiers in August.

“Our goal IS to stick to our plan and not get ahead of ourselves. People involved in rugby in Namibia base their opinions on their emotions, not facts. I can’t control how people make their decisions. But I can control players’ expectations. If we can finish against these A-standard teams by conceding less than 60 points, it’s a step in the right direction,” Jones added.

The Pumas lead the log in the north group, in which the Welwitschias are competing, with 24 points. The Blue Bulls are second on 16 points, followed by the Xerox Golden Lions with 12 points, the Valke with seven points and the Welwitschias on six points. -Additional info SuperSport

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