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Wales notch up record win against Namibia

09-27-2011 09:00 BJT

A determined Welsh side scored their biggest ever World Cup win and took home a bonus point by romping home against Namibia 81-7. Three tries by Scott Williams helped leave Wales level on 10 points in Pool D with Samoa.

Scott Williams of Wales (right) runs in a try as he is tackled by Theuns Kotze of
Namibia. Photo: AFP

However, Wales may fancy themselves in a better position as they must now face Fiji in their final pool game while Samoa take on reigning champions South Africa.

Despite sealing Namibia's return home, the Welsh performance was not flawless. Welsh captain Sam Warburton told AFP, "Namibia made it very difficult for us, especially in the contact. That's something we need to look at."

Namibia's fate looked sealed from the start as their first scrum imploded, giving Stephen Jones a simple penalty to mark his record 101st cap for Wales. Shortly after, Jonathan Davies set up a beautiful attack, which Leigh Halfpenny used to draw Namibia's defense out of position and give Williams his first of three tries.

Aled Brew then scored Wales' second try before No. 8 Toby Faletau put his head down and roared past the Namibian defenders to score on 17 minutes, at which point the trusty boot of Stephen Jones gave the Dragons a 22-0 lead.

Then came the Namibian counter. For the rest of the half, Namibia played like a different team, unswerving in the line-outs, unwavering in their tackles and meeting the Welsh pack head-on. This did not morph into points on the scoreboard and the Welsh lead was unchanged at half time after two missed penalties by Namibian kicker Theuns Kotze.

However, the Welsh pressure began to tell again as the second half started. Prop Gethin Jenkins lost his man marker and sprinted to the line to go over in a scrappy and impressive try.

This seemed to spur Namibia into action as Namibian second-row Heinz Koll who lost Aled Brew with a beautiful dummy and ran full a 35 meters to the tryline, before Theuns Kotze stepped up and gave Namibia a semblance of pride.

In the last half hour, Wales turned on the class, with George North scoring two tries in five minutes. Scott Williams then made the game his with a nice run that led to his third try on 70 minutes.

Wales hit back with a try from giant winger George North, who made a massive impact when he came on in place of Brew.

In the final minutes, Wales racked up three more tries through Lloyd Williams, Lee Byrne and Alun Wyn Jones to make Wales confident about their future.

In closing, the Welsh coach, Warren Gatland, summed up their performance eloquently, "We started off with 22 points in the first 15 minutes…and then the guys felt the game was all over, went to sleep and stopped being aggressive.

"They got a bit of a rollicking at half time and came out in the second half and did the job.

"The impact off the bench was really good and overall, with the number of changes we made for the game, 11, I'm really pleased."

 

Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: Global Times

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