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NEW ERA | Wednesday, July 19 2017 Fredericks to appeal IAAF suspension Page 22 Third week of field hockey league excites Page 23 SPORT Impressive Namibia U-18s clip Falcons’ wings Trailing 19-31 at the half-time interval, Namibia turned on the style in the second half to outscore their opponents Falcons by eight tries to five. Falcons dominated early exchanges and found reward in the seventh minute when their pressure paid off. Loose forward Thabo Ndimande used his massive frame to power his way over the try line for the opening score. Dylan Schwartz added the extras to take a 7-0 lead after seven minutes. Ndimande had his second soon after as he ran a straight line to cut through Namibia’s defence. Schwartz popped over the easy conversion to extend the lead to 4-0 after 10 minutes. Straight running was the order of the day for the Falcons as they bagged their third try through wing Wesley Noeth. Schwartz added his third conversion to ensure a 21-0 lead after 13 minutes. It was then Namibia’s turn to get their hands on the ball. They managed to string a few phases together and found reward in the 18th minute when they grabbed their first try of the game. Justin Muir ran onto the ball at pace from close range and bashed over. Denna Bruwer popped over the conversion to trail 7-21. Namibia reduced the deficit further a few minutes later as they created an overlap and Le Roux Booysen had the easiest of scores in the left corner. Bruwer was unsuccessful with the conversion as they trailed 12-21. However, Schwartz was on target in the 27th minute with his first successful penalty of the game before Ruben Beytell added his side’s fourth try. Schwartz was once again on target to extend their lead to 31-12. Namibia finished the half on the front foot though as loose forward Gilad Plaatjies dotted down his side’s third try just before the break. Bruwer popped over the conversion as they trailed 19-31 at the break. Namibia came out firing and bagged the first points of the second half when Gerswin Mouton scored his side’s fourth try. Bruwer added the extras to trail 26-31 in the 38th minute. They took a 33-31 lead soon after when Bruwer converted his own try before extending their lead a minute later. Plaatjies benefitted from a loose ball at the restart and the loose forward cantered over for his second try of the game. Bruwer’s conversion took his side’s lead to 40-31 after 48 minutes. It took 14 minutes for the next points to be scored and it was worth the wait. An excellent break by Muir saw him cut through the Falcons’ defence. He was brought down just before the try line but not before he offloaded to Mouton, who strolled over for his brace. Bruwer’s conversion stretched their lead to 47-36 after 62 minutes. Namibia started turning on the style as the match drew to a close. Flyhalf Bruwer mesmerised the Falcons defence before chipping ahead. Mouton raced after it and dotted down to grab his hat-trick. Bruwer missed the conversion but the damage was done. - www.rugby365. com Scorers: One up... A Gerswin Mouton hat-trick helped Namibia open their 2017 Craven Week account with a strong 52-36 victory over the Falcons yesterday. Photo: www. rugby365.com Namibia: Tries: Justin Muir, Le Roux Booysen, Gilad Plaatjies 2, Gerswin Mouton 3, Denzo Bruwer Cons: Denzo Bruwer 6 Falcons: Tries: Thabo Ndimande 2, Wesley Noeth, Ruben Beytell 2 Cons: Dylan Schwartz 4 Pen: Dylan Schwartz Zimbabwe wrathfully awaiting the Brave Warriors Zimbabwe’s Warriors captain Ocean Mushure is convinced they have what it takes to turn the tables when they clash with the Brave Warriors of Namibia this Sunday for the second leg of their 2018 CHAN qualifiers in Harare. Namibia defeated Zimbabwe 1-0 in the first leg at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek at the weekend, but Mushure, however, warned that they can only get success if they can improve on their performance in the first leg. Hendrik Somaeb scored the only goal to give the Brave Warriors a slight advantage going into the decisive second leg at Harare’s National Sports Stadium on Sunday. To qualify to the final round, where there is the prospect of playing either Lesotho or Comoros, Zimbabwe will need to win by at least two clear goals. Mushure said they had none but themselves to blame for the defeat, saying they were punished for failing to convert the chances Photo: Emmency Nuukala Heated affair... Weekend action between Namibia and Zimbabwe during their 2018 CHAN qualifier, which the Brave Warriors won 1-0 at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek. they got. “We failed to convert the numerous chances that we created. We should have won the match. That is one area we need to improve, to score goals when we get the chances,” he said. The Warriors created better chances in the match, with Francesco Zekumbawira’s effort ruled out for a foul in the first half, while Talent Chawapiwa, Abbas Amidu and substitutes Denver Mukamba and Prince Dube all went close. Warriors coach Sunday Chidzambwa was forced to make some changes to his starting 11 just before the match after a bout of flu hit his camp, ruling midfielder Gerald Takwara out of the match. And it was also a muchchanged team from the one that won the Cosafa Castle Cup tournament last week, with Mushure, Chawapiwa, Jimmy Tigere, Liberty Chakoroma and Raphael Manuvire the only survivors — factors that the skipper believes also contributed to the result. “There were some changes in the team that won the Cosafa and that obviously had an effect. We struggled for rhythm because people were not used to the combinations. But that is something we can easily work on,” Mushure said. “If we can improve on very little things, we can easily beat Namibia. We have a very good chance and I’m very confident that we will not only go through to the second round, but we will also qualify to the finals.” - www.newsday.co.zw

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