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Tuesday 18 June 2019
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Welwitschias eager to register first win

The Welwitschias will be looking to register their first win in this year’s SuperSport Rugby challenge when they take on Griffon in an exciting test, set for Rustenburg tomorrow.
Having played three games and having lost them all, the Welwitschias are the only team yet to taste victory in the North pool.
Tomorrow’s game will be another test for the Namibians which appear to be struggling in this year’s campaign. The Welwitschias suffered their third defeat at home when they were thrashed by the Tafel Lager Griquas, who were too good for the team, beating them with a convincing 61-24 last weekend, which put them at the bottom of the standings.
The Welwitschias were holding up well at half time with a score of 19-10 but their chances were blown when they were reduced to 14 men after winger JC Greyling received a yellow card which gave the visitors a chance to capitalise and go ahead with a score of 33-10.
The team then tried by all means to reduce the margin and get back in the game with tries from Flanker Thomas Forbes and Chrysander Botha, to go to 40-20.
The visitors however scored three tries in the last 10 minutes to win the match. Griquas are now top of the standings with three wins of the three matches played which gives them a total of 15 points.
Tomorrow’s game will be another hard test for Phil Davies’ men who are hoping to taste their first win when they face the Free State. Coach Phil Davies on Saturday after the match against Griquas said his team is slowly improving and he further admitted that last week’s performance was better than the game against the Blue Bulls, which for now has given them hopes that they are getting better with time.
“Griquas are a very well-organised team with a good forward pack and a well-balanced team.
I thought we did some good things and our work rate was up by about 5% in the first half, compared to our previous performance against the Bulls, and defensively at times we were really good. Our scrum was relatively consistent, and we scored a couple of good tries,” said Davies.
“We’ve just got to keep going and keep on building, but at the same time, it was frustrating to concede 15 penalties and two yellow cards. You just cannot afford to do that against a quality team like the Griquas,” he added.
The Griquas are fifth on the standings with five points after winning one and losing two of their matches.




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