Spain signed off with a 20-3 win over Namibia in the opening match of the final round of the tournament.
The match was played in pouring rain and left a lot to be desired both in terms of quality and spectacle, but Spain managed to adapt better to the conditions and scored three tries in a 20-minute period during the first half.
Winger Ignacio Contardi capitalised on an overlap on the right to go over for the first try on 12 minutes, following an early attack on the left, which left the Namibian defence scattered.
The second try, some 15 minutes later, was scored by lock Anibal Bonan, following a rampaging run by influential skipper Jaime Nava which split the Namibian defence wide open, making the try a formality. Full-back Sergei Aubanell kicked the conversion.
Pierre Garcia then finished off a slick move involving virtually all of the Spanish back division for try number three on 30 minutes.
Worryingly, Namibia failed to conjure any moment of quality, without doubt the slippery ball playing its part, though their game went up a notch in the second half when veteran scrum-half Eugen Jantijes came on.
But it was too little too late as Spain added a penalty to their first half scores two minutes from time to make the final scoreline 20-3.
“I am pretty happy with the game. There were a lot of errors and mistakes, but the weather played its part. Despite the conditions we tried to run the ball and scored three good tries. I am very happy for the boys,” said Spain coach Santiago Santos.
“These kind of matches happen, unfortunately”, said Namibia captain PJ Van Lill. “The good thing about this is the fact that we can test players and evaluate our performance better.”
Nations Cup – final standings
2. Argentina Jaguars
Nations Cup – results
Namibia 3-20 Spain
Romania 23-0 Argentina Jaguars
Romania 43-3 Namibia
Argentina Jaguars 15-6 Spain
Argentina Jaguars 30-10 Namibia
Romania 35-9 Spain