Winless Welwitschias hunt wounded Lions

03 May 2018 Author   Michael Uugwanga
The Welwitschias who are on a run of two consecutive losses in this season’s Super Sport Rugby Challenge will be hoping for a change in fortunes as they come up against a wounded Golden Lions team at the Hage Geingob Stadium this weekend.
The Welwitschias have suffered back-to-back humiliating defeats to the Blue Bulls and the Hino Valke (Falcons), but the technical team is still confident of a win in the competition.
The team has been hard at training since Monday, including during the May Day holiday, a sign that the technical team wants to see a much better performance from the players when they take on the Golden Lions on Saturday.
Defence coach, Roger Thompson, said this week that he was happy with his players’ performances in the first half against the Bulls last weekend.
He was referring to the Welwitschias 10-7 lead in the first 25 minutes before the Bulls started taking the match to the Namibians, heading into half time leading 26-13.
“The score board was not a true reflection of the game,” Thompson said.
“We just lacked in the tackling department, scrum and in the defence, something that we have been working on this whole week.
“We took lots of positive as we were leading in the first 25 minutes which was a good sign for us compared to the match against Falcons at home.”
Some of the youngsters that impressed Thompson were Cameron Langenhoven, PW Steenkamp and Hans Breedt.
Namibia is using the SuperSport Rugby Challenge as preparation for the 2019 Rugby World Cup qualifiers that will start in July this year.
The Welwitschias tries were scored by AJ de Klerk, Jan Adriaan Booysen, while Eugene Jantjies, Pieter Steenkamp scored the conversions and Steenkamp scored two penalties.
The Bulls tries were scored by Corniel Els, Ruben van Heerden, Andell Loubser (2), JT Jackson (2), Earll Douwrie, Jan-Henning Campher, Andre Warner, Duncan Matthews (2), while Earll Douwrie scored nine conversions.
The good news for the Welwitschias is that the Lions are heading into the match at the back of a 26-35 loss against the Pumas.
Thompson said his players just need to be consistent for 60 to 70 minutes against the Lions to have any chance of a rare win. 
“A win can only come once the players start believing in themselves and it is something that we are trying to restore into the players’ minds. 
“We are definitely looking forward to the Currie Cup, a competition that we want to do better. At least after six to seven matches before the Currie Cup we will be a better team.”


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