Minnows challenge top teams
Former Black Fern player Regina Sheck looks at Pool D
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.