To go along with the Springboks Sevens victory in Dubai and a successful conclusion to the EOYT, the South African Amateur side prevailed over all comers from Africa in Windhoek on Saturday. Thanks Namboer!!!
South Africa’s Amateur team won the Conference of African Rugby’s Africa Cup when they beat Namibia’s Amateurs 29-27 at the Hage Geingob Stadium in Windhoek on Friday evening.
It was a great final – adventurous rugby in a close encounter that went right to the end. The winning try was the last act of the match.
The first scoring opportunity belonged to the SA Amateurs when they broke through the centre but brave Schalk van der Merwe saved the day. This break was significant for it was in the centre that the South Africans had their best chances. But the first score was a long time coming. More than a quarter had been played when from a line-out centre Rayno Hendricks cut through for a try which scrumhalf Chris Jonck converted.
When the visitors were penalised at a scrum, wing Roger Thompson goaled the penalty to make it 7-3.
The Namibians dominated the line-outs thanks mainly to lock Wacca Kazombiaze. They kicked a penalty for a five-metre line-out and bashed at the South African line. The visitors were again penalised and prop Johnny Redlinghuys tapped and drove over for a try which gave the home side an 8-7 lead.
The lead did not last long for wing Ashwill Peters scored and Jonck again converted. The visitors led 14-8.
Just before the half-time whistle Thompson goaled a second penalty to make the score 14-11 at the break.
In the second half TC Losper, Sarel’s son, replaced Attie du Plessis at flyhalf. He scored the first points of the second half when the goaled a penalty and made the score 14-all.
Losper then kicked a long touch from a penalty and from the subsequent line-out Corné Powell sent Thompson over for a try under the posts. Losper converted and the home side led 21-14.
The South Africans levelled scores when they again broke through the centre and Thulani Nyembe scored under the posts. 21-all. Then when Thompson was penalised for being off-side Jonck made it 24-21 to the visitors. Losper then levelled matters and with five minutes to play put his side ahead 27-24.
The South Africans then attacked with zest and were rewarded when, in the last minute, lock Gareth Hemingway drove over for a try under the posts. Jonck’s conversion bounced back off the crossbar but it mattered not a jot because the final whistle went.
For SA Amateurs:
Tries: Hendricks, Peters, Nyembe, Hemingway
Cons: Jonck 2
Tries: Redlinghuys, Thompson
Pens: Thompson 2, Losper 3
South African Amateurs: 15 Lionel Cornelius, 14 Ashwill Peters, 13 Jandré du Plessis, 12 Rayno Hendricks, 11 Jonathan Schalkwyk, 10 Amandla Stofile, 9 Chris Jonck, 8 Willem van der Wahl , 7 Kaunda Ntuja, 6 Theo Becker, 5 Gareth Hemingway, 4 Edrich Linde, 3 Emile Botha, 2 Rayno Barnes, 1 Phumlani Nodikane.
Replacements: 16 Brent Stevens , 17 Gert Andries van der Merwe, 18 Dries van Schalkwyk, 19 John Cooper, 20 Greg van Jaarsveld , 21 Deon Booysen, 22 Thulani Nyembe
Coaches: André Van Wyk Coach, Dalisizwe Ndebele , Hilton Adonis
Namibia: 15 Heini Bock, 14 Rodger Thompson, 13 Lu-Wayne Botes, 12 Corné Powell (captain), 11 Deon Mouton, 10 Adriaan du Plessis, 9 Eugene Jantjies, 8 Tinus du Plessis, 7 Herman Lintvelt, 6 Schalk Van der Merwe, 5 Nico Esterhuize, 4 Wakka Kazombiaze, 3 Deon van der Berg, 2 J M Meyer, 1 Johnny Redelinghuys
Replacements: 16 Morné Louw, 17 Riaan Grundling, 18 Nico Genis, 19 Michael Mackenzie, 20 Pieter Rossouw, 21 Tertis Losper, 22 Du Preez Grobler
Coach: Johan Venter
Referee: Ramsey Olinga (Uganda)
Touch judges: Raymond Oruo (Kenya), Michael Muhame (Uganda)
Match Commissioner- Sas Bailey