Russia 30, Namibia 15 in Windhoek
This is exciting. The first test of the year and of the decade. I have been out of action for the first part of January, undergoing major surgery. All is now well and mending.
In what effectively was a dress rehearsal for the two teams most likely to be ranked No.23 and No.24 at the 2011 Rugby World Cup, Russia came away with the honours 30-15 after leading 17-5 at halftime.
The two weeks preparing in South Africa were put to good use. Applying pressure right from the start, at no stage of the match did Russia look like losing. They controlled the game throughout, placing huge pressure on the Namibian forwards in all areas of play. Although the Russians were not dynamic in the backline they did enough against a Namibian backline unable to penetrate the solid Russian defence system.Scrumhalf Alexander Yanyushkin have a great game, driving huge holes in the Namibian defence around the scrum.
The new Namibian coach, Johan Diergaardt, would be disappointed although his team was playing out of season.
Russian scrum half Alexander Yanyushkin on the burst. Image thanks to www.namibiasport
As usual, thanks to the posters at http://www.fira-aer-rugby.com/forum2007/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=3337