Rugby Union

Steve Hansen acknowledges minnows are on up after New Zealand defeat Namibia

Published Add your comment

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen admitted the lower-ranked nations were catching up following his team's 58-14 World Cup triumph over Namibia on Thursday evening.

The All Blacks ran out comfortable winners in the Pool C encounter at the Olympic Stadium - but in days gone by would have got closer to 150 points.


Nehe Milner-Skudder and Julian Savea scored two tries apiece, with Victor Vito, Malakai Fekitoa, Beauden Barrett, Ben Smith and Codie Taylor also going over.

Do you have what it takes? Sign up today and send over your 250 word test article:

Article continues below

However, the biggest cheer of the night came in the 50th minute when the 'no-hopers' scored a try against the World Cup holders.

What a try it was too, the Namibians constantly attacking in one direction before suddenly switching for Johan Deysel to power over for a famous score.

Article continues below

There was to be no major shock here but an impressive display nonetheless, coupled with Japan's victory over South Africa, signalled the traditional powerhouses were not getting things all their own way any more.


And Hansen said: "The scoreboards suggest that's the case. When everyone was talking about record scores here, I said they were foolish.

"World rugby has put in a lot of money and effort to improve standards and the so-called minnows have played well so far."

Namibia counterpart Phil Davies agreed the upturn in performances from the lower-ranked nations was no fluke.

He said: "When you look at Japan's victory, they had been building that performance over a couple of years.

"I know the preparation Georgia have put in and we have put a lot of preparation in as well. The effort the players put in has been phenomenal."

Will Namibia become a force to be reckoned with in years to come? 

Give YOUR opinion in the comment box below

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

New Zeland Rugby
Rugby Union
England Rugby
IRB Rugby World Cup

Article Comments

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport - Rugby Union Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again