Former Namibia Rugby Union (NRU) president, Bradley Basson, does not think that the Welwitschias will have too many problems against Zimbabwe on Saturday in the 2018 Rugby Africa Gold Cup,
which also serves as a qualifier for the 2019 Rugby World Cup to be held in Japan.
Basson, who was NRU president from 2012 until April this year, said he does not see Namibia losing their lead in the remaining two matches, even though their closest rival Kenya are also unbeaten from three matches played so far.
“I am very confident that we will play competitive rugby matches, we must just not underestimate Zimbabwe because the match is crucial.
“We were surprised [by Kenya’s performance] but Kenya is not on the same level as us. Both Zimbabwe and Kenya are very good teams, but we have managed to win with big margins against better opponents compared to Kenya’s win against other teams,” Basson said.
The Welwitschias are currently in first place on the log standings with 15 points from three matches, followed by Kenya with 13 points and Tunisia on 4 points.
The winner of the six-nation tournament will automatically qualify for next year’s World Cup as 'Africa 1', while the runners-up will take part in the Repechage tournament as the African representative.
Namibia played away against Morocco and came back with a 63-7 win, while Zimbabwe’s faint world cup hopes went up in smoke following their surprise 18-14 defeat at the hands of Tunisia.
Basson also does not think that Kenya will be a match for
Namibia will end this year’s campaign against Kenya at the Hage Geingob Stadium on 18 August, in a match that could decide the team that qualifies for the 2019 Rugby World Cup, especially if Kenya beat Tunisia on 11 August.
Namibia started off their campaign with a 55-6 win over Uganda on 16 June 2018, and followed it up with a 118-0 win over Tunisia on 23 June in Windhoek, and a 63-7 away win against Morocco on 30 June.
Kenya beat Morocco 28-24 on 23 June away, before dispatching Zimbabwe 45-36 on 30 June and Uganda 38-22 on 7July.
Namibia is ranked 23rd in the world while Kenya is ranked 28th.