Welwitschias thump the Germans
The hosts led 36-6 at the break. Watched by 3000 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 line-out 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 likely to win the match.
Led by a brilliant Rohan Kitshoff the Namibian forward pack dominated and secured quality possession for their back line that 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.
The Welwitschias 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 70 meters for the try. Namibia were full value for their 36-6 lead at the break. Namibia started the second half in the same fashion when loose forward Thomasua Forbes and full back Danie Dames both scored inside the first 8 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 lead 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.
New cap JC Greyling scored Namibia’s 9th try of the match 4 minutes before the end. Germany were on the attack when the final whistle went, victory to Namibia and an important confidence booster before they leave for their 3-match Northern Hemisphere tour this weekend.w