Chad and Damian on the score board

Rudi Bowe

Walvis Bay born rugby players Damian Stevens and Chad Plato with the rest of the Namibian rugby team put up a brave performance as they went down 47 – 22 in their opening match of the 2019 Rugby World Cup on Sunday at the Hanazono Rugby Stadium in Osaka, Japan.

Namibia stunned the Azzuri when Walvis Bay scrum half Damian Stevens opened the scoring with a great try after six minutes, following a breakaway by another Walvis Bay born Chad Plato.
An amazing Walvis Bay born Chad Plato cut through the back line and ran 40 meters to score a try under the posts to give the Namibians a final consolation score just in time.
Phil Davies said after the game “I’m very proud of the players, the way we adapted to the speed of the game, some of the tries we scored and some of the resolute defence”.
“The effort, the commitment of the players and the way we tried to play was exciting and we just have to be a little bit more accurate to the ball the next time we play,” Davies added.
Namibia captain Tjiuee Uanivi said, “We must just focus on maintaining possession in their next games and we gave away too many turnovers, especially in the first half, and that cost us because Italy were very good at turnover counter-attacks. Hats off to them but it was a fantastic effort from our boys in the second half”.
Italy coach Conor O’Shea said his team were “disappointed” with their Rugby World Cup start after they were forced to come from behind in an error-strewn 47-22 win over lowly Namibia.
Namibia next faces a huge challenge against South Africa on Saturday, 28 September.
Namibia points scorers are: Tries: Damian Stevens, JC Greyling and Chad Plato with Cliven Loubser successful with two conversions and a penalty

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