PRESIDENT Hage Geingob expressed his support for the Namibian National Rugby side in their pending battle this Sunday against the Canadians on his on his personal social media pages.
“Welwitschias, you are from the Land of the Brave and put up a brave performances against the best in World Rugby. Your fighting spirit has been inspiring and the nation is proud of you. Watch out Canada! We are coming for you! Bring the points home Welwitschias!”
If the score margins against the Springboks are compared, the Welwitschias, ranked 23rd, are slightly up but they will have their work cut out for them when they take on the Canadians, who are ranked 22nd.
Like Namibia against the All Blacks, Canada showed an extraordinary amount of spirit against the Springboks when they ran in a try against the former world champions with only 14 men on the field.
Namibia managed to keep the All Blacks at bay during the first half of their match and even led for a few short minutes. The Welwitschias also managed to keep the score margin close for 35 minutes in the first half. Canada rallied in the second half against the South Africa and with only 14 men on ran in a try to give them seven points in the match.
Like the Welwitschias, the men in red will also be looking for the first win in a world cup tournament which is set to result in an epic battle between the two second tier teams.
Despite a scrappy second half the Springboks still managed to run in ten tries to secure their spot in the quarter-finals of the 2019 Rugby World Cup with a 66 – 7 victory over Canada.
South Africa dazzled the Canadians in the first-half as they ran in seven tries in quick succession, with scrum-half Cobus Reinach notching the fastest hat-trick in World Cup history in the first quarter of the match.
Canada had Josh Larsen sent off for a charging into a ruck before half-time.
Despite the setback the spirited Canadians scored first in the second half through Matt Heaton.
Schalk Brits, Damian Willemse and Frans Malherbe all went over following tries from Reinach, Damian de Allende, S’busiso Nkosi, Warrick Gelant and Frans Steyn in the opening 40 minutes.
The win against the Canadians saw the Springboks move to the top spot in Pool B but defending champions New Zealand – who beat the Springboks earlier in the tournament – are expected to defeat Italy on Saturday to win the group.