Affectionately known as the Welwitchias, Namibia proved too strong for the Germans defeating them 50-20 in the Windhoek Draught International Challenge that was played in Windhoek on Wednesday.
The match was generally a one sided affair with the hosts pulling off a a 36-6 lead at the break. Watched by some 3 000 spectators, the match did not disappoint as it produced 11 tries, nine of which were scored by Namibia.
Center John Deysel opened the scoring as early as the third minute after Namibia won a lineout on Germany’s 22 and went through a number of phases before Deysel crossed. Two penalties from Germany’s flyhalf Christopher Hilsenbeck put the visitors into a six-five lead on the ten minute mark, but that was the last time Germany looked like winning the match.
Left wing Johan Tromp scored the second try of the evening after being set up by Deysel in the 11th minute. Namibia added three more first half tries through their captain Kitshoff who scored back to back tries and Ryan de le Harpe.
Namibia started the second half in the same fashion as they did the first and when loose forward Thomasua Forbes and full back Danie Dames both scored inside the first 8 minutes of the second half, a record score looked a strong possibility.
But the Namibian coach made some changes to give the replacements a good run and hopefully impress him in time for the World Cup scheduled for England next year.