Namibia proud of performance against All Blacks

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"In terms of the performance there was lots to take out of the match," he said.

 

Davies said to play against New Zealand, and at a World Cup, was a fantastic opportunity, and challenge, and embracing that had been the focus during the week.

 

They worked on their breakdown and had been slick at that during the game and that allowed them to play with continuity.

 

Davies said the side had benefitted from having a four-year build-up, and as a result they were fielding the youngest Namibian squad to attend a World Cup and they were better prepared than any of their earlier sides.

 

They had given themselves the best opportunity to claim a first win at a World Cup and the game with Canada this week remained the goal.

 

"We're in the best position we have possibly been and that's exciting," he said.

 

 

Skipper and second five-eighths Johan Deysel said there were always butterflies in the stomach when playing the world champions but in their preparation they had concentrated on their own game and not the opposition.

 

They had managed line breaks in the first half but in the second half mistakes had meant they lost momentum.

 

"But it's always an honour and a privilege to play a team like this," he said.

 

The intention had been to deny New Zealand the ball and to play boring rugby if need be to achieve that. They had achieved dominance of possession in the first 30 minutes and it would have been good if they had been able to do that for longer, he said.

 

Deysel said, it was their best chance to get a win and they needed to work hard and it would be the team that wanted the win most who would get it.

 

Having already played Italy, South Africa and New Zealand it had been great to learn from them and to see their skills and the way they applied them.

 

"It's things that we can learn and take into our game. If we can take all the positives from those three games into the next game I think it will improve us and give us more confidence," he said.

 

Davies said as a rugby man he had been out of his seat when TJ Perenara scored the last try, as much for the tackle effort of his side but also for the class the All Black had shown.

 

But he said it had been pleasing to be in a game where his side made a huge contribution to the spectacle on the field and the try had epitomised everything that had gone on earlier in the game.

 

 

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