Namibia Crush Korea

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By Kuvee Kangueehi Wavis Bay Namibia booked themselves a match against Chinese-Taipei on Friday at the Sharjah Wanderers venue to settle in ninth place in Division B after they humiliated Korea 51-5 on Sunday. Namibia, who are competing in the IRB Under 19 World Championship in Dubai opened with one of the fastest tries of the tournament, coming almost immediately after the kick-off and setting the tone for the rest of the match. The first half saw them score four tries, coming from centre Robert Bergh (2), full back Fabian Routh, and lock Jacobus Visagie. Fly-half Lourens Smit could only manage one conversion, but Namibia were comfortably in command, 22-5 at the break. Earlier Korea had pulled back the deficit to 10-5 through a well-worked try by lock Hwan Park, and the match briefly looked as if it might be a closer contest. Even after another quick-fire try from Namibia at the start of the second half, from replacement prop Gerhard Klaassen, Korea refused to give up and produced their most impressive passage of the match. Earlier Korea had pulled back the deficit to 10-5 through a well-worked try by lock Hwan Park, and the match briefly looked as if it might be a closer contest. Even after another quick-fire try from Namibia at the start of the second half, from replacement prop Gerhard Claassen, Korea refused to give up and produced their most impressive passage of the match. But strength and weight told out, and as the Koreans tired, Namibia rattled in the tries. Left wing Chrysander Botha (2), flanker Robert Schaaf, centre Gregory Bezuidenhout, and replacement No. 8 Morton van Kradenburg all got on the second half scoresheet, with Routh and Botha adding conversions. In their first match against Chile, Namibia claimed a close 14-6 victory against a buoyant Chile side, at Sharjah Wanderers. In the opening stages of the tie, Namibia took the game to the South Americans, combining the kick and chase tactic, with some flowing passing moves, but they failed to find any flaws in the Chile defence. In fact it was Chile who took the lead on eight minutes with a penalty kick from Benjamin Omegna. A stubborn Namibia defence prevented the score running away from them, by astutely defending their try line from the Chile forward pack. A minute before half time, the Africans found the breakthrough they needed. Powerful and evasive running from lock Jasper Van Dyk, who was tackled just before the try line, set up scrum half Keeane Wellmann to dive over. This made for a tense second half with the score set at 7-3. With only three minutes on the clock, a second penalty kick from Omegna closed the gap to one point. 60 seconds later, however, Namibia had stretched their lead. The Van Dyk and Wellmann partnership produced another try in similar fashion to that of the first, with Van Dyk skipping through challenges before offloading to Wellmann to stretch the lead after the conversion to 14-6. Few opportunities were to be found as the game continued with Namibia holding on for their first victory at this year’s tournament with a 14-6 scoreline. – Various websites including the IRB’s.