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Namibia defeats Zim in Tri-Nations opener

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Namibia defeats Zim in Tri-Nations opener
The Namibian senior rugby team defeated Zimbabwe 35 – 26 in the opener of the 2013 Windhoek Draught Tri-Nations tournament at the Hage Geingob rugby stadium on Friday night.
The fast paced match witnessed by the patron of the Namibian Rugby Union Prime Minister Hage Geingob and played under the watchful eye of renowned South African referee Jonathan Kaplan, produced its first try in the ninth minute when Namibian went over the opposition’s line to add five points on the score board.
Although it was a tough match, Namibia managed to score five tries, with two conversions and two penalties, while the visitors could only score 2 converted tries and 4 penalties. By half time the score stood at 17-10 in favour of Zimbabwe who dominated the opening half.
However Namibia stepped their game in the second half when they converted a penalty two minutes after the break to bring the score to 17-13. Three minutes later Zimbabwe got a penalty of their own to extend their lead to 20-13.
In the 45th minute Namibia added another try and a conversion to level the score at 20-20. Ten minutes later, Namibia added another converted try to take a seven point lead at 27-20.
With the score at 27-23 following an easy Zimbabwean penalty, Namibia’s vice captain Theuns Kotze added three more points on the board with a well taken penalty to extend Namibia’s lead to 30-23.
After another Zimbabwean penalty, Namibia dented the visitor’s hopes with the game’s final try to comfortably win 35-26.
The try of the match went to Namibia’s Heinrich Smith who ran over 60 meters in first half to score Namibia’s second try.


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