Min­nows chal­lenge top teams

Former Black Fern player Regina Sheck looks at Pool D

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

Pool D like all the other pools is look­ing to be a very ex­cit­ing pool af­ter the week­end’s games. The ‘‘min­nows’’ are giv­ing the top teams a good run for their money. Four teams have had their first game so far. First off the rank were Fiji and Namibia play­ing in beau­ti­ful con­di­tions in Ro­torua. Namibia showed how im­por­tant be­ing able to drop kick was as they slot­ted over 3 drop kicks dur­ing the game. Fiji showed too much flair which they are renowned for, by spin­ning the ball wide and their winger scor­ing four tries. Namibia didn’t lay down and were able to put two tries on the Fi­jians to gain a re­spectable score­line. The game to watch was the South Africa and Wales match. Af­ter a poor lead-up to the World Cup by both teams they didn’t dis­ap­point a bois­ter­ous crowd. The de­fend­ing champs would have wanted to start their cam­paign with a re­sound­ing per­for­mance. But the fight of the Welsh kept the game in sus­pense right up to the fi­nal whis­tle. South Africa need to put on a more clin­i­cal per­for­mance when they meet Fiji on Satur­day, who will be very keen to get one over them. Namibia meet a very strong Samoan line-up on Wed­nes­day in Ro­torua. Samoa will then play Wales on Sun­day to a sell­out crowd in Hamil­ton.

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