WINDHOEK – After recording two impressive victories in the opening matches of the ongoing 2018 World Rugby U/20 Trophy, it is back to the grinding stone for Namibia’s U/20 rugby team when they lock horns against Samoa today at Bucharest’s National Stadium in Romania.
The Namibian youngsters, who appear to be among the top favourites at this year’s youth rugby global showpiece, defeated hosts Romania 55-26 in their opening match of the competition before going on to overpower a feeble Hong Kong side by 84-10 in their second outing.
Today Namibia take to the field against an equally determined and motivated Samoa side, which is also eager to finish top of Pool A and eventually go on to lift the trophy. But the Namibian young brigades have so far proven their mettle and Samoa will have to run their socks off if they are to overcome the Namibians.
Today’s match will be a winner-takes-all encounter, thus Namibia will be expected to bring their A-game to the pitch, as discipline, good organisation as a team and making sure they take full advantage in front of the touchline will to be key in beating an unpredictable and highly physical Samoan side.
The Namibians, currently leading Pool A with 10 points followed by Samoa in second place also with 10 points, are on the verge of something beautiful and should they maintain the same performance they displayed against Romania and Hong Kong, they definitely stand a good chance of outmuscling Samoa.
Samoa also remain unbeaten following their two opening victories against Hong Kong and Romania.
Namibia, which also participated in the 2014 edition of the U/20 Trophy, finishing in 6th place and also managed to secure a place at the 2015 tournament after they beat Kenya at the finals of Rugby Africa’s Under 19 Championship, have a strong squad at this year’s edition and appear to be in top shape and well-motivated to give Hong Kong a good run for their money tomorrow. This year’s tournament marks the 11th edition of the competition, with host nation Romania, along with seven other sides, playing in a group stage followed by a knockout round to determine a champion as well as promotion to the following year’s World Rugby U/20 Championship.