Samoa breaks Namibian hearts

Namibia pushed Samoa all the way at the World Rugby Under-20 Trophy in Romania, but succumbed in the end.

 Namibia’s gallant under-20 rugby team fought till the end yesterday afternoon, but could not stop Samoa from winning their final group clash at the World Rugby Under-20 Trophy in Romania.

The well-organised Samoan team, who had a bit of luck on their side, ­triumphed 41-28.

The Namibian side needed something extraordinary to beat favorites Samoa, who started the match with a bang scoring within two minutes, as they broke Namibia’s fragile back line with no difficulty.

In the sixth minute, Namibia responded with a try from a scrum, after driving the fast-paced Samoans back to their line with brute strength.

The Samoans soon attacked again, running through the Namibian defence easily, while snatching a 12-5 lead.

Namibia soon received a penalty in the 20th minute, which was converted successfully by Denzo Bruwer, who seemed to have his kicking boots on. At that stage the score was 12-8.

In the 26th minute Namibia gave away a penalty for a high tackle, which was converted easily, giving the Samoans a 15-8 lead. In the 33rd minute Namibia dug deep and scored and converted a try, which leveled matters 15-15 and then going ahead 18-15 shortly before the break.

In the second half, Namibia came out guns blazing, and scored yet another penalty. The Samoans then once again caught their opponents napping, as they closed the gap to 22-21.

From then on the Samoans settled into the match and came at Namibia with everything they had.

The match ended in the Samoans favour, as they were more organised at the back, and outpaced the Namibians on several occasions.

Namibia won their first two encounters against hosts Romania (55-26) and Hong Kong (85-10). Namibia will play in the third-place playoff match on Sunday against Portugal.


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