Saturday, September 10, 2011

RUGBY WORLD CUP. Namibia Will Find It Tough

Namibia v Fiji in Rotorua (World Cup, Pool D)

Venue: Rotorua International Stadium

Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)

Both teams have had a patchy lead up to this tournament. This encounter is probably a battle as to see who finishes last in this pool.

Fiji had mixed fortunes in their Pacific Nations tournament and also drew 1-1 in a two-test series against Tonga just before the World Cup. They are without their powerhouse  Sisa Koyamaibole who has returned home to Fiji briefly due to an illness in the family. Even without him I'd expect Fiji to have little trouble against one of the real minnows in this tournament.

Namibia will battle bravely throughout lead by Saracens flanker Burger. They'll put up a fight, mainly through their forwards and they will need to tackle like demons to counter the flare of the Fijians.

Previous Encounter
01.10.1999 Fiji 67-18 in Beziers (World Cup, Pool C)

GWC Rugby Ranking

World Table-Fiji 13th, Namibia 20th

IRB Ranking Points
Fiji 72.25, Namibia 61.43

Prediction: Fiji by 37 points


Fiji15 Kini Murimurivalu, 14 Vereniki Goneva, 13 Gaby Lovobalavu, 12 Seremaia Bai, 11 Naipolioni Nalaga, 10 Waisea Sedre Luveniyali, 9 Nemia Kenatale, 8 Netani Edward Talei, 7 Mala Ravulo, 6 Dominiko Maiwiriwiri Waqaniburotu, 5 Wame Lewaravu, 4 Leone Nakarawa, 3 Deacon Manu, Capt. 2 Viliame Veikoso, 1 Campese Ma'afu.
16 Sunia Koto, 17 Waisea Nailago, 18 Seko Kalou, 19 Akapusi Qera, 20 Vitori Tomu Buatava, 21 Albert James Vulivuli, 22 Iliesa Lomani Rakuka Keresoni
Head Coach: Samuela Domoni

Namibia15 Chrysander Botha, 14 Danie Dames, 13 Danie Van Wyk, 12 Piet Van Zyl, 11 Conrad Marais, 10 Theuns Kotze, 9 Eugene Jantjies, 8 Jacques Nieuwenhuis, 7 Jacques Burger, Capt. 6 Tinus Du Plessis, 5 Nico Esterhuyse, 4 Heinz Koll, 3 Raoul Larson, 2 Hugo Horn, 1 Johnnie Redelinghuys.
16 Bertus O'Callaghan, 17 Jané Du Toit, 18 Pieter Jan van Lill, 19 Rohan Kitshoff, 20 Ryan De La Harpe, 21 Darryl De La Harpe, 22 Llewellyn Winkler
Head Coach: Johan Dierghaardt

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