Fourth time lucky for Namibia?
September 20, 2011
A young Neil Jenkins kicked 13 points aganist Namibia in June 1993 © Getty Images
Wales face Namibia for the fourth time at international level in New Plymouth on Monday - with the Welwitschias boasting a surprisingly competitive record against the Welsh. Although Wales have won all three of the previous encounters between the two nations, their margins of victory have been relatively tight.
When the two sides met for the first time in June 1990 in Windhoek Wales struggled to a 18-9 victory over Namibia, who finished the game with 14 men after the sending off of Andre Stoop. Fullback Paul Thorburn scored 15 points in the game to save Wales from defeat.
The two sides played again seven days later at the same location. And Namibia pushed Wales even closer as they came within five points of a famous upset. Wales scored four tries with two from Arthur Jones as well as one from Owain Williams and a penalty try. But the accurate kicking of Jaco Coetzee and Shaun McCulley - along with two tries from Ben Swartz and one from Gerhard Mans - ensured a nervy day for the Welsh who eventually won 34-30.
Wales' biggest winning margin over the Southern Africa side came in June 1993 when they ran in five tries to record a 38-23 victory.
Namibia v Wales
All-time record: Played: 3, Namibia won 0, Wales won 3,
Biggest winning margin:: Wal: 15, 38-23 at Windhoek, 1993
Highest score: Nam: 30 (30-34) at Windhoek, 1990; Wal: 38 (38-23) at Windhoek, 1993
Most tries: Nam: 3 (30-34) at Windhoek, 1990; Wal: 5 (38-23) at Windhoek,1993
Most points (individual): Nam: Jaco Coetzee, 28 Wal: Paul Thorburn 29
Most tries (individual): ; Nam: 2 Gerhard Mans and Ben Swartz; Wal: 2 Arthur Jones and Emyr Lewis
Most points in a Test: Nam: 18 Jaco Coetzee at Windhoek, 1993; Wal: 15 Paul Thorburn at Windhoek, 1990
Previous Rugby World Cup meetings:: 0
Click Here for Namibia's full Test record courtesy of Statsguru
Click Here for Wales's full Test record courtesy of Statsguru.
Click Here for a full record of all Namibia v Samoa matches courtesy of Stasguru
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