Namibia too strong for Germany

2014-10-30 08:54
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Windhoek - Namibia’s national rugby team, the Welwitchias, defeated Germany 58-20 (half-time 36-6) in a Test match in the country’s capital on Wednesday.

Watched by 3 000 spectators, the match produced 11 tries, nine of which scored by Namibia.

Centre Johan Deysel opened the scoring as early as the third minute after Namibia won a lineout on Germany’s 22 and went through a number of phases before Deysel crossed.

Two penalties from Germany’s flyhalf Christopher Hilsenbeck put the visitors into a six-five lead on the 10 minute mark, but that was the last time Germany looked like winning the match.

Led by a brilliant Rohan Kitshoff, the Namibian forward pack dominated and secured quality possession for their backline which had too much pace for their opponents to cope with.

In the 11th minute try-scorer Deysel turned provider for left wing Johan Tromp who crossed for the second try of the evening. This was pretty much the trend for the remaining 25 minutes of the first half, Namibia’s forwards in complete control with Germany finding the pace too hot to handle.

Namibia added three more first half tries through their captain Kitshoff who scored back-to-back tries and Ryan de La Harpe. The England-based scrumhalf dealt Germany a hammer blow just before the break when Germany were on the attack but De le Harpe intercepted and ran 70m for the try. Namibia were full value for their 36-6 lead at the break.

Namibia started the second half in the same fashion as they did the first and when loose forward Thomasua Forbes and fullback Danie Dames both scored inside the first eight minutes of the second half, a record score looked a strong possibility.

The handy lead allowed Namibian coach Danie Vermeulen the opportunity to give his replacement bench a run. This led to the inevitable loss of momentum and the rest of the second half was pretty much uneventful.

Namibia reached the half century mark when left wing Tromp scored his second of the evening. The next 20 minutes saw the German team playing with more composure and they were rewarded with two tries, the first by loose forward Kehoma Brenner after an impressive lineout drive and the second by their captain Sean Armstrong.

New cap JC Greyling scored Namibia’s ninth try of the match four minutes from time. Germany were on the attack when the final whistle went, victory to Namibia and an important confidence booster before they leave for their three-match Northern Hemisphere tour this weekend.

The match was refereed by South Africa’s Marius Jonker who after the final whistle confirmed that he had retired from first class refereeing and that this was his last match in charge.



Tries: Johan Deysel, Johan Tromp (2), Rohan Kitshoff (2), Thomasua Forbes, Ryan de la Harpe, Danie Dames, JC Greyling
Conversions: Shawn Kaizemi (5)
Penalty: Kaizemi


Tries: Kehoma Brenner, Sean Armstrong
Conversions: Christoper Hilsenbeck (2)
Penalties: Hilsenbeck (2)


15 Danie Dames, 14 Malcolm Moore, 13 Darryl de la Harpe, 12 Johan Deysel, 11 Johan Tromp, 10 Shaun Kaizemi, 9 Ryan de la Harpe, 8 Tinus du Plessis, 7 Thomasua Forbes, 6 Rohan Kitshoff, 5 Tjuee Uanive, 4 Nico Esterhuyzen, 3 André Schlechter, 2 Torsten van Jaarsvel, 1 Jaco Engels

Substitutes: 16 Rathony Becker, 17 Johnnie Redelinghuys, 18 Casper de Viviers, 19 Morne Blom, 20 Stefan Neustadt, 21 Eneill Buitendag, 22 Theuns Kotze, 23 JC Greyling
Germany squad:

Rafael Pyrasch, Felix Schippe, Sean Armstrong, Kehoma Brenner, Samy Füchsel, Arthur Zeiler, Benjamin Danso, Ansgar Ruhnau, Robert Hittel, Pierre Mathurin, Anjo Buckman, Steffen Liebig, Clemens von Grumbkow, Chris Kleebauer, Robert Mohr, Hendrik van der Merve, Chris Kleebauer, Benedikt Scherrer, Raphael Hackl, Marten Strauch, Paul Weiss, Marcus Bender, Robert May, Carlos Soteras-Merz, Mark Sztyndera, Paul Pritchard, Mika Tyumenev, Christopher Hilsenbeck, Tim Menzel

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