Namibia rugby XV, the Welwitschias’ campaign in the on-going Vodacom Cup was again overshadowed by another humiliating defeat, this time succumbing 7-61 to the highly-charged Steval Pumas at the Hage Geingob Stadium on Friday.
In a well attended but one-sided clash, the visiting Pumas wasted little time in signalling their intentions as they mounted pressure on the home team, closing in with some strong attacks from the middle of the park while their flanks proved a serious thorn in the flesh of the Welwitschias right from the start.
Despite the home crowd cheering the boys on with every touch on the ball, the Pumas were in a class of their own and kept dominating almost all departments of the match with their brilliant ball-handling skills and killer attacks from all angles, which left the Namibian defenders running riot many a time.
Heading into the changeover, the Pumas had already scored five tries and four conversions, while Namibia’s fly-half Martin Olivier failed to capitalise on a penalty that would have given them hope, which however saw the first half finishing 0-33 in favour of the Pumas.
The second half resumed on the same note as the opening quarter, with Pumas still strongly dominating all proceedings and in the process adding three more tries, which were all successfully converted while a penalty was also later added to take their lead to 57-0.
The Welwitschias kept hope alive and managed to salvage a try through left-centre Jacques Nell, which was successfully converted by substitute flyhalf Shawn Kaizemi to bring the score to 57-7. Pumas’ Jean Claud Roos conversion saw the visitors sealing a 61-7 victory.
Welwitschias’ scrum-half Eneill Buitendag was named Man of the Match.
Welwitschias’ lost their first Vodacom Cup match 53-3 against the Xerox Lions. Namibia will next engage the Griffons, also from South Africa, in round three of the Vodacom Cup on March 27, 2015, at the Hage Geingob Stadium.
Try: Jacques Nell.
Conversion: Shaun Kaizemi
Tries: Jason Fraser, Heinrich Steyl (2), Rudi Mathee, Marcello Sampson (2), Ruwellyn Isbell, Wilmaure Louw, penalty try.
Conversions: Justin van Staden (7), JC Roos.
– Additional reporting by Nampa
Courtesy of allAfricaTagged under Pumas Welwitschias