Buoyant Welwitschias awaits wounded Bulls

01 June 2018 Author   Michael Uugwanga
Buoyed by their 34-24 away win to Hino Valke (Falcons) last weekend, the Windhoek Draught Welwitschias will be hoping to make it two wins in a row when they take on a wounded Vodacom Blue Bulls at the Hage Geingob Stadium on Saturday.
Welwitschias assistant coach, Roger Thompson, told the Windhoek Observer earlier this week that Saturday’s match against the Bulls, who are coming from a 22-34 loss at home to the Pumas last Saturday, is a must win for the Namibian team in front of a home crowd.
The Windhoek Draught Welwitschias will be seeking revenge after a humiliating 73-20 loss to the Bulls when the two teams met in the first round on 28 April.
“As I have always said, our aim is to improve every weekend. We are very excited by the win over the Hino Valke, but Saturday’s opponent is a different challenge altogether,” Thompson said.
“We beat the Falcons because we forced them to make errors, something that we have not done in another matches.”
Thompson added that the Welwitschias will have to improve in their defence if they are to entertain any chance of beating the Bulls on Saturday.
The Welwitschias are currently bottom in the group with six points and the worst point difference of -127 while second from bottom Hino Valke have seven points and a -110 point difference.
Despite the pressure to win, Thompson insisted that the main objective for Namibia in the Super Sport Rugby Challenge is to give amateur players a chance to play rugby at the highest level.
Namibia is also using the SuperSport Rugby Challenge as good preparation for the Rugby Africa Gold Cup, which also serves as qualifiers for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.
Namibia’s first match in the Gold Cup will be against Uganda in Windhoek on Saturday, 16 June followed by Tunisia also at home on 23 June.
The first away game is against Morocco on 30 June before the team flies out to Bulawayo, Zimbabwe on 4 August.
The final match for Namibia will be against Kenya at the Hage Geingob Stadium in Windhoek on 18 August.


The Windhoek Observer is an English-language weekly newspaper, published in Namibia by Paragon Investment Holding. It is the country's oldest and largest circulating weekly.

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