The woes of Namibia’s senior rugby fifteen, the Windhoek Draught Welwitschias, continued unabated in the ongoing 2016 Currie Cup tournament on Saturday when they suffered their fifth successive defeat 7-47 against the Steval Pumas in Ermelo, South Africa.
Going into Saturday’s match, the Welwitschias desperately needed a win to get their Currie Cup campaign on track, having already lost all four of opening games against EP Kings, Sharks, Golden Lions and Free States Cheetahs.
But it was not to be for the visiting and largely amateur Namibian team, as the Pumas gave the Welwitschias a very inhospitable welcome at Ermelo High School Rugby Field – dominating the match in all departments before closing off with a comprehensive 47-7 victory.
In Saturday’s game, the Welwitschias only managed to score one try via Russell van Wyk, which was then converted by Justin Nel to give Namibia its only seven points of the match. The Pumas ran in a total of seven tries and converted six of them in the process.
The defeat left the Welwitschias rooted to the bottom of the log table with zero points after five rounds of matches in the 2016 Currie Cup.
Their next assignment will be against the uncompromising log leaders ORC Griquas back at home at the Hage Geingob Stadium in Windhoek on May 14. The Griquas currently top the log standings with 24 points, having won all five of their opening fixtures.
The Namibian squad comprises of local players, with many of the youngsters competing for the first time of the Currie Cup.
The Currie Cup is South Africa’s premier domestic rugby union competition, played in winter and spring, featuring teams representing either entire provinces or substantial regions within provinces. Steeped in history and tradition, the Currie Cup dates back to 1891. The tournament is also regarded as the cornerstone of South Africa’s rugby heritage and the coveted gold trophy remains the most prestigious prize in South African domestic rugby.