Namibia beat Botswana 31-10 in a friendly women’s rugby international at the Hage Geingob Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
In an entertaining match, Namibia were always in the lead, scoring five tries to two. They took a 14-0 lead at halftime and although Botswana managed to close the gap to 19-10 midway through the second half, Namibia had the final say as they ran out comfortable victors in the end.
A double strike of two tries in three minutes gave Namibia a 14-0 lead on 14 minutes. First flyhalf Yaneke Lawrence opened Namibia’s account with a fine try when she cut through Botswana’s backline to touch down and convert her own try.
Two minutes later Namibian left wing Neskineth Jansen received the ball on the wing after a quick backline attack and touched down, with Lawrence adding the conversion with a fine kick.
Namibia dominated possession and nearly scored twice more through Jansen and fullback Christelle Kotze but on both occasions the ball was dropped with the tryline beckoning.
Botswana started the second half strongly with an attack from the kickoff and when they won a penalty close to Namibia’s line, eighthman Kelebogile Bagwasi powered over for their opening try.
Namibia soon replied through another try by Jansen after a great backline move put her away in the corner, and although the conversion was wide Namibia stretched their lead to 19-5.
Botswana struck back with a try by captain and centre Tjeludo Monyai, but Namibia had the final say as substitute back Latetia Slamet scored two tries in the final stages.
The first came from a 10 meter penalty that went down the line and the second when she pounced onto a loose ball and showed a fine turn of speed to score from 40m out.