Zim and Namibia lose at World Rugby U20 Trophy

RUGBY world  cup star Agustine Ormaechea’s young brother Inaki, scored two early tries to help send Uruguay on their way to a first victory of the 2016 World Rugby Under 20 Trophy following a comfortable 50-22 triumph over hosts Zimbabwe in Harare at the weekend.

In another match Namibia were beaten by debutants Spain 40-22.

Despite going down to Fiji in their opening encounter, the South American outfit were competitive and went close to producing a superb result.

That quality was evidently too much for Zim as the Uruguay forwards controlled the set-piece battle. They went in front via a dominant lineout, a drive which saw Ormaechea cross the whitewash, before the African side did well to respond.

They constructed an excellent try where Takudzwa Gamanya, Sam Phiri and Mapfumo combined to send Burnett over the line.

Burnett then broke through the heart of the opposition rearguard as the Young Sables continued to look threatening from open play, but Uruguay’s pack soon regained a stranglehold on proceedings.

Ormaechea duly took advantage of another superb maul to touch down from close range before referee Pablo Deluca awarded a penalty try after a Los Teritos’ scrum was illegally halted by the hosts.

However, it was not all about forward power for the South Americans when they put together the move of the match to effectively take the game out of Zimbabwe’s grasp.

Santiago Arata made the initial incursion from inside his own 22 before the scrum-half passed to the excellent Etcheverry. The fly-half then drew the final defender and off-loaded to Fitipaldo who had the simple task of touching down unopposed.

It soon got worse for the Young Sables when Etcheverry scampered over to open up a 30-point gap just before half-time.

Having lost heavily in their opening match, it appeared a long way back for the African outfit but they displayed plenty of spirit.

Well-taken efforts by Mapfumo gave Zimbabwe hope entering the final 10 minutes, but Uruguay secured a comfortable win through Fitipaldo’s second score and Arburuas’ late try.

Meanwhile another African country Namibia also struggled as Spain continue to impress at their debut at the tournament. Spain won 40-22.

Both teams went into the game buoyed by wins on day one but, after a scrappy opening, it was Namibia who drew first blood.

Winger Unomasa Kavita set the game alight on 13 minutes when he sped down the right flank, inches from the touchline, and cut back inside to link up with centre Alastair Miller, who wrong-footed the final defender before strolling over.

Six minutes later, Spain full-back Guillermo Dominguez hit the line at pace from 20 metres out and ran in unopposed. Unfortunately, his involvement in the game was ended shortly afterwards after he collided in mid-air with Kavita while competing for a high ball and was stretchered off.

Spain shook off the disappointment of losing one of their main attacking threats by scoring the next try of the game. The ever-dangerous Jordi Jorba Jorge stepped off his left wing and showed good upper body strength to bounce off a couple of defenders before being brought to ground two metres out.

Spain got numbers to the breakdown quickly to secure possession and hooker Tommy Vaisset picked up at the base and dived over.

Namibian captain Cameron Langenhoven responded with a brilliant 30-metre run down the blindside, before play was spread right to Stiaan van der Merwe and Namibia’s match-winning hero against USA in round one dummied inside the covering defence to finish off another well-taken try.

Spain enjoyed the upper hand in the third quarter and scored two tries from driven lineouts through Luis Canti and Baptiste Bougeard.

As the match drew to a close, Namibia piled on the pressure with a multi-phase attack inside the opposition 22 and. with the Spanish defence stretched one way and then the other, fly-half Loubser sliced through a gap to score Namibia’s third try.

With the conversion on target, Namibia were back to within eight points but Spain closed the game out when Canti dotted down for his second in the last play from another ruthlessly efficient lineout drive. – ANA