Namibia too strong for Russia

Date published: July 12 2015

Namibia got back to winning ways on Saturday as they defeated Russia 39-19 in Windhoek in new head coach Phil Davies' first international in charge.

The hosts produced their best performance in over a year with a victory over a nation ranked three places higher at number 22 on World Rugby's rankings.

Coming off three consecutive losses at the Nations Cup in Romania last month, Namibia were superbly led by Saracens loose forward Jacques Burger to put their 2015 Rugby World Cup warm-up campaign firmly back on track.

Their tries came from left wing Russel van Wyk (2), scrum-half Eugene Jantjies, replacement centre JC Greyling and centre Johan Deysel, with fly-half Theuns Kotzè and Jantjies adding further points from the kicking tee.

In response, Russia's try-scorers were Igor Galinosvky, Viktor Gresev and Danila Chegadoav in a result that delighted Namibia captain Burger.

"I am massively proud of the team. A victory in any test match is great. I am just very proud of the team who defended until the end. We stuck to our structures and came away with a win," he said.

Despite the comprehensive victory, Burger said he and his team still had a lot to work on and improve. 

"It is a whole new squad and certainly there is a lot of room of improvement but there were a lot of positives out there today and we know we can improve on that."

Head coach Davies added: "It was a good performance and a good first step on the rung of the ladder towards the World Cup. But we know there is still a lot of hard work to do."

The scorers:

For Namibia:
Tries: Van Wyk 2, Jantjies, Greyling, Deysel
Con: Kotzè 3, Jantjies
Pen: Kotzè

For Russia:
Tries: Galinosvky, Gresev, Chegadoav
Con: Kushnarev 2

Namibia: 15 Johan Tromp, 14 David Philander, 13 Danie van Wyk, 12 Johan Deysel, 11 Russel van Wyk, 10 Theuns Kotzè, 9 Eugene Jantjies, 8 Thinus du Plessis, 7 Thomasua Forbes, 6 Jacques Burger (c), 5 Nico Esterhuyzen, 4 Tjiuee Uanivi, 3 Casper Viviers, 2 DG Wiese, 1 Jaco Engels.
Replacements: 16 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 17 Raoul Larson, 18 AJ de Klerk, 19 Renaldo Bothma, 20 Rohan Kitshoff, 21 Eneill Buitendag, 22 JC Greyling, 23 Chrysander Botha.

Russia: 15 Anton Ryabov, 14 Igor Galinovsky, 13 Dmitry Gerasimov, 12 Vladimir Rudenko, 11 Andrew Otrokov, 10 Yury Kushnarev, 9 Alexey Shcherban, 8 Viktor Gres, 7 Dmitry Krotov, 6 Andrew Temnov, 5 Paul Butenko, 4 Andrey Garbuzov, 3 Innocent Zykov, 2 Stanislav Country, 1 Alexei Volkov.
Replacements: 16 Yevgeny Matveyev, 17 Vladimir Podrezov, 18 Evgeny Pronenko, 19 Alexei Panasenko, 20 Daniel Chegodaev, 21 Rushan Yagudin, 22 Evgeny Kolomiytsev, 23 Alex Mikhaltsov.

Venue: Hage Geingob Stadium, Windhoek
Referee: Lesego Legoete (South Africa)
Assistant Referees: Jacky Husselmann (Namibia), Harry van Niekerk (Namibia)