Namibian Rugby Coach during the on-going Vodacom Cup, Henry Kemp, said after suffering a narrow four-point defeat at the hands of Down Touch Griffons in their last match late last month, he expects a much tougher test when his team takes on Blue Bulls at the Hage Geingob stadium this Friday.
“It’s going to be tougher against the Blue Bulls. We narrowly got defeated by Griffons but Blue Bulls are one of the better teams in the Vodacom cup so, it’s going to be much tougher than our last match,” Kemp told The Villager sport.
The FNB Welwitschias already suffered whooping defeats in their first two matches, including 53-3 in their opening game against Xerox Golden Lions, followed by a 61-7 drubbing in the match against the Steval Pumas.
After a much a much-contested 28-32 defeat against the Griffons, where the Welwitschias led 21-18 at half time, Kemp said he was encouraged that performances had improved, particularly the defence and line-out scrums.
Speaking ahead of the game against the Blue Bulls, and following three defeats at home, Kemp said he expected the Vodacom cup to be tough, but that his team would need to get better soon.
“We knew it would be tough. It is not a surprise that the quality of the teams is this high, but our players have to train at 5 a.m. and then later in the evening in order to play players that play rugby professionally and only have to worry about rugby,” Kemp said.
Despite the team’s poor form, Kemp explained that the team has one eye on the World Cup, which will take place in England later this year.
“The players are motivated to improve performances because if they’re playing then they have a real chance of getting into the World Cup squad,” he said.
The Vodacom Blue Blues currently lie third in the Northern section of the Vodacom Cup, with 14 points to Welwitschias’ 2. They have played an extra game, but will travel to Windhoek buoyant with optimism after they beat Steval Pumas 20-18 in their last Vodacom Cup match.