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The try that made a dad proud and made Namibia dream

Written by Admin Published in World Cup 2015

Full article courtesy of the Rugby World Cup

Johan Deysel’s historic try at the Olympic Stadium in front of his dad made the men in blue believe that they can compete with the best

WHAT A NIGHT: Johan Deysel is swamped by his teammates after scoring Namibia’s most famous try

LONDON, 25 Sept – Up in the Olympic Stadium gods, an old Namibian centre Johan Deysel Snr looked down on the extraordinary moment unfolding down below and may have been tempted to smile that, actually, this rather topped the days 15 years ago when he once scored tries against Ireland, Portugal and Zimbabwe.

For there was another centre, his big boy Johan Jnr, with three black-shirted defenders hanging on and then falling off him, ploughing towards the line for the most historic score in Namibian rugby annals. Forget Portugal; this was the mighty All Blacks. What a moment! Unbelievable.

“Dad’s here and he’ll be very proud. He might have scored some tries but he never played against the All Blacks,” smiled Johan as he modestly reflected on the moment that none of his lion-hearted team, a bunch of journeymen pros and committed amateurs, will forget as he breached the world champions’ line just after half-time during the 58-14 defeat.


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    It must have been a most exciting moment of the match! Although I could not watch the game ( no broadcasting in Japan), I could see and feel the moment as if I was there from Newspaper article.

    I hold saying “Conglatulations!” until your team win in WC. I strongly believe your team can do it as our Japan national team did!

    Sending the best wishes from Japan!!

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    Reply Post By Heather Tjinouhona Zaamuani

    You have no idea just how proud we are of you, not only for what you are on the pitch, but for the gentlemen you are off the pitch too.
    You guys have accomplished so much in a short space of time considering your first appearance at the RWC in 1999.
    You held your own against New Zealand and Tonga, and I know you will do the same against Georgia.
    “Our deepest fear is that we are great beyond measure”, so no matter what, don’t hold back and know that “no weapon formed against you will prosper”, for you are a chosen people.
    Back home, and abroad, you have all our love and support; we bleed blood, snot and trane with you at every game.
    We’re so very proud.
    Take care.

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    Reply Post By Heather Tjinouhona Zaamuani

    Tonight I bawled my eyes out for the first time ever in any contest.
    I am still so very proud.

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