The Windhoek Draught Welwitschia are in for a test this weekend when they travel to face the Vodacom Blue Bulls in a SuperSport rugby at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria, South Africa.
Both teams failed to win in the opening matches of this year’s SuperSport challenge with the Welwitschia losing in front of their home fans last week to the Xeroz 40-23 Golden Lions while the Blue Bulls suffering a defeat on the road to Icollege Pumas by 29-21.
Tomorrow’s encounter will be another hard assignment for Phil Davies’ men who will face the Blue Bulls at home with thousands of fans will be expected at the venue. Coach Phil Davies told reporters after the game at Hage Geingob Stadium that he now knows what to do going forward in the competition.
“We are working on couple of loose tracks, just a little technical skill, maybe improve kicks, the way we kick when to kick. We will have to improve the decision making. In the next five games we will make changes to give the players opportunity to express themselves,” said Davies. He further said that this year’s competition will be quite competitive which is exciting and could help prepare for the World cup.
“It’s an exciting season for the players and the country, we are going to the World cup, we qualified in record style to go on and we got to keep getting better and improve, that’s what we are going to do.” said Davies.
Meanwhile in other games, Zimbabwe Academy lost to Border Bulldog 41 -16. Tafel Lager Griquas were the biggest winners defeating Valke by 50-10.
There are sixteen teams participating in the competition this year the fourteen provincial unions, including Welwitschia and Zimbabwe Academy.
Welwitschia are in the same pool with Blue Bulls, Falcons, Griffons, Leopards, Golden Lions Griquas and Pumas.
These teams are divided into two sections, with eight teams playing in each of the North Section and the South Section.
The competition was won by the Pumas for the first time, after they beat Griquas 32–30 in the final in Oudtshoorn. Pumas fly-half Chris Smith was the top scorer in the competition with 131 points, while Griquas wing Enver Brandt was the top try scorer with 11 tries.
Welwitschia and Blue Bulls have played each other the total of seven times with Blue Bulls claiming four wins while Welwitschia winning three of those.