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Welwitschias losses to SA Universities

by John Tuerijama



The senior national rugby side aka ‘Welwitschias’ tasted a bitter pill on Saturday when  Vermeullen’s boys succumbed to a visiting South African Universities’ combined squad by 24-34 at the Hage Geingob Rugby Stadium on Saturday.
The Welwitschias were using the match as preparation for their July Confederation of African Rugby (CAR) 2015 World Cup qualifiers in Madagascar.
The visitors pulled an early lead in the match as Namibia was struggling to find a winning rhythm as the South Africans were all over Namibia’s half.
DanieVermeullen who took over the reign of the y side after the 2011 World Cup assembled a 22-man squad whom most of them had little or no international exposure.
The coach recorded his first defeat but he is yet to put his boys against tougher opponents to secure results during the qualifiers.
 The South African Universities stretched the lead to 10-3 at half time. The continued with their fine form as they upped the score-line to 17-3.
Chrisander Botha played very well as Namibia came out with more chances that brought their points to 24 at the end of the final whistle.
The inexperience caused Namibia dearly in defence as they could not contain the pressure mounted on them.
The side was captained by Tinus du Plessis while teammate PJ van Lill was named the Player of the Match.
Roger Thompson picked up an early injury which somewhat affected the coach’s plan forcing him to reconsider his B option of playing attacking rugby.