REPORT: Namibia scored 18 tries to humiliate Tunisia 118-0 in a 2019 Rugby World Cup Africa qualifier over weekend while Kenya upset Morocco 28-24 in another second-round match.

Seeking a sixth consecutive appearance at the four-yearly Rugby Union global showcase, Namibia top the table with a maximum 10 points from two matches.

Kenya come next with five points from a bonus-point victory in Casablanca, followed by Morocco (three) and Zimbabwe (two) while Uganda and Tunisia are pointless.

The table toppers after the round-robin competition go to the World Cup in Japan while the runners-up get a second chance in an inter-continent repechage tournament.

Lesley Klim, who plays for English second-tier club Doncaster, and Johan Corne Greyling scored four tries each for merciless Namibia, who led 52-0 at half-time.

Chrysander Botha got three, Wian Conradie, Johan Deysel, Pieter-Jan van Lill, Damian Stevens, Johann Tromp and Max Katjijeko one each and they were awarded a penalty try.

Cliven Loubser kicked eight conversions, PW Steenkamp four and Botha one at a Windhoek stadium named after current Namibian state president Hage Geingob.

Namibia coach and former Wales lock Phil Davies said: “I am in the process of building a competitive team and our flowing passing game in the second half was impressive.”

Kenya overcame a 10-point second-half deficit to triumph with the consolation for the north Africans being two bonus points.

Tony Onyango and Moses Amusala scored in quick succession during the second half and Darwin Mukidza converted both to turn the match in favour of the visitors.

Onyango completed a brace and Mukidza added the extra points again to stetch the lead to 28-17 before Morocco responded with a converted try.

The home team had a late chance to snatch victory, but a knock-on after a scrum enabled the relieved east Africans to boot the ball into touch and end the game.

Kenya host two-time qualifiers Zimbabwe in Nairobi and Namibia face Morocco in Casablanca this Saturday in the third series of matches while Tunisia and Uganda have byes.

Zimbabwe are coached by Peter de Villiers, who took South Africa to the 2011 World Cup quarterfinals.

World Cup 2018 results: Scores so far and latest group standings from Russia

World Cup 2018 results in full

Thursday, June 14 Russia 5-0 Saudi Arabia Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
Friday, June 15 Egypt 0-1 Uruguay Ekaterinburg
Friday, June 15 Morocco 0-1 Iran St Petersburg
Friday, June 15 Portugal 3-3 Spain Sochi
Saturday, June 16 France 2-1 Australia Kazan
Saturday, June 16 Argentina 1-1 Iceland Spartak Stadium, Moscow
Saturday, June 16 Peru 0-1 Denmark Saransk
Saturday, June 16 Croatia 2-0 Nigeria Kaliningrad
Sunday, June 17 Costa Rica 0-1 Serbia Samara
Sunday, June 17 Germany 0-1 Mexico Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
Sunday, June 17 Brazil 1-1 Switzerland Rostov-on-Don
Monday, June 18 Sweden 1-0 Korea Republic Nizhny Novgorod
Monday, June 18 Belgium 3-0 Panama Sochi
Monday, June 18 Tunisia 1-2 England Volgograd
Tuesday, June 19 Poland 1-2 Senegal Spartak Stadium, Moscow
Tuesday, June 19 Colombia 1-2 Japan Saransk
Tuesday, June 19 Russia 3-1 Egypt St Petersburg
Wednesday, June 20 Portugal 1-0 Morocco Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
Wednesday, June 20 Uruguay 1-0 Saudi Arabia Rostov-on-Don
Wednesday, June 20 Iran 0-1 Spain Kazan
Thursday, June 21 France 1-0 Peru Ekaterinburg
Thursday, June 21 Denmark 1-1 Australia Samara
Thursday, June 21 Argentina 3-0 Croatia Nizhny Novgorod
Friday, June 22 Brazil 2-0 Costa Rica St Petersburg
Friday, June 22 Nigeria 2-0 Iceland Volgograd
Friday, June 22 Serbia 1-2 Switzerland Kaliningrad
Saturday, June 23 Belgium 5-2 Tunisia Spartak Stadium, Moscow
Saturday, June 23 Germany 2-1 Sweden Sochi
Saturday, June 23 Korea Republic vs Mexico Rostov-on-Don
Sunday, June 24 England 6-1 Panama Nizhny Novgorod
Sunday, June 24 Japan 2-2 Senegal Ekaterinburg
Sunday, June 24 Poland 0-3 Colombia Kazan
Monday, June 25 Uruguay 3-0 Russia Samara
Monday, June 25 Saudi Arabia 2-1 Egypt Volgograd
Monday, June 25 Spain 2-2 Morocco Kaliningrad
Monday, June 25 Iran 1-1 Portugal Saransk
Tuesday, June 26 Denmark 0-0 France Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
Tuesday, June 26 Australia 0-2 Peru Sochi
Tuesday, June 26 Nigeria 1-2 Argentina St Petersburg
Tuesday, June 26 Iceland 1-2 Croatia Rostov-on-Don
Wednesday, June 27 Korea Republic 2-0 Germany Kazan
Wednesday, June 27 Mexico 0-3 Sweden Ekaterinburg
Wednesday, June 27 Serbia 0-2 Brazil Spartak Stadium, Moscow
Wednesday, June 27 Switzerland 2-2 Costa Rica Nizhny Novgorod
Thursday, June 28 Japan 0-1 Poland Volgograd
Thursday, June 28 Senegal 0-1 Colombia Samara
Thursday, June 28 England 0-1 Belgium Kaliningrad
Thursday, June 28 Panama 1-2 Tunisia Saransk

Group standings

3 3 0 0 5 0 5 9
3 2 0 1 8 4 4 6
3 1 0 2 2 7 -5 3
3 0 0 3 2 6 -4 0
3 1 2 0 6 5 1 5
3 1 2 0 5 4 1 5
3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4
3 0 1 2 2 4 -2 1

3 2 1 0 3 1 2 7
3 1 2 0 2 1 1 5
3 1 0 2 2 2 0 3
3 0 1 2 2 5 -3 1

3 3 0 0 7 1 6 9
3 1 1 1 3 5 -2 4
3 1 0 2 3 4 -1 3
3 0 1 2 2 5 -3 1

2 1 1 0 3 1 2 4
2 1 1 0 3 2 1 4
2 1 0 1 2 2 0 3
2 0 0 2 0 3 -3 0

2 2 0 0 3 1 2 6
2 1 0 1 2 2 0 3
2 1 0 1 2 2 0 3
2 0 0 2 1 3 -2 0

2 2 0 0 8 2 6 6
2 2 0 0 8 2 6 6
2 0 0 2 3 7 -4 0
2 0 0 2 1 9 -8 0

2 1 1 0 4 3 1 4
2 1 1 0 4 3 1 4
2 1 0 1 4 2 2 3
2 0 0 2 1 5 -4 0

5 Things Coaches Look for in Field Hockey Players

What makes field hockey players stand out to coaches on a consistent basis? Contrary to popular belief, it’s not usually the fancy stick skills or anything else that garners a bunch of attention. Doing the simple things consistently and effectively will help separate you from the pack.

Here are five things coaches look for in field hockey players.

Sound Fundamentals

The saying goes that you can’t have a house without a solid foundation, and the same is true in sports – field hockey is no different! There will probably always be players that have flashier skills than you or a flair for the dramatic, but one thing you’ll constantly have control over is how sound your fundamentals are.

It doesn’t have to be anything complicated, either. We’re talking just receiving the ball in a controlled manner while having the ability to pass it off accurately and in a timely fashion. Once you have these down, you can get to the more complicated stuff.

Mentally Tough

When it comes to improving at the sport of our choice, we immediately think about the physical aspect of it all. Unfortunately, not nearly enough people spend the same amount of time and effort on the mental side of their game.

Your field hockey career isn’t always going to be sunshine and rainbows. There are going to be times when it feels like you’re up against the odds. How will you respond? Being strong mentally and staying motivated during these tough times is critical toward finding your way to the other side.


It doesn’t matter how talented you are at field hockey – if you don’t believe in yourself and in those abilities, it’ll be next-to-impossible to reach whatever your ultimate goals are in the sport. If you do the necessary work to get yourself prepared before getting onto the field – both physically and mentally – then it’s hard to not be confident at the end of the day. Will you always be successful? No, but if you trust in the process of your preparation, then you will be successful more times than not when it’s all said and done.

Good Vision

Is there a way to improve your vision? By training your eyes with visual exercises, it is something that can be done. However, getting your body in peak physical condition is important because it’ll allow your mind to take over and tackle the strategic side of any game.

That includes anticipating the movements of your teammates and opponents, along with being able to see how certain situations could play out down the field. It’s something that needs your full attention, which is why the physical preparation for field hockey is so important.

Solid Decision-Making Skills

This kind of plays into what we were just talking about. Field hockey is a fast-paced game that requires players to make split decisions without much time to react. If you’re feeling the pressure during any particular game or are afraid of making a mistake, it’ll be hard to be successful at this facet of the game.

Learning to play in the moment and be present is a terrific way to clear your mind so you can just trust your reflexes and natural instincts instead of constantly second-guessing yourself.



Despite their shared origins, people rarely care about football and rugby simultaneously.  Yeah, both sports involve tackling for possession of an oblong ball, occasionally kicking it through some posts, and even the fields look similar.  Indeed, it’s less the minute differences that pull supporters from one sport to the other, but often their point of exposure.  American football is huge in the USA, while rugby is still seen as mostly a strange deviant from across the pond, but with raised awareness about the dangers of concussions, there has been a steady drop in football participation.

Players are looking for alternatives. Rugby might seem like a bad place to look, but plenty of people consider it a safer sport.

We answer the question down below IS RUGBY REALLY SAFER THAN FOOTBALL ?

Differing Tackling Approaches

The rising concussion crisis in the NFL has received plenty of media coverage, as has the impact football has on even high school athletes.  Professional players can generate 1,600 pounds of force in a tackle, much more than needed to cause a concussion. Football players achieve that sort of force through mostly athleticism, of course, but some of it comes down to their tackling approaches.  They are able to throw their entire body into the tackle, since they feel more secure because of their padding.

Additionally, in football, every yard is crucial.  That means that in football tackling, it’s imperative to stop the offense immediately, so they aim higher in their tackling in order to halt  all forward momentum.  It’s exactly this sort of sudden stopping that causes concussions.

Rugby tackling, however, has evolved to protect padless and helmetless players.  Several football teams have trained on how to rugby tackle, which focuses on low, shoulder-lead impact.  However, rugby tackles are controlled; players are never throwing their entire body into the tackle, so they’ll never achieve that same level of force as takedowns during football games.

Preparation for Contact

In rugby, you can only pass the ball backwards or parallel, never forward.  This means that rugby players are running up to the ball and seeing defenders coming at them.  They can prepare for contact, and rugby players are often taught how to fall correctly.  Hitting the ground in the right position is not only important for players’ health, but to give their team the best ball placement as well.

Football, however, is a different story.  Forward passes are encouraged, so this results in players looking behind them for the ball seconds before being mowed down.  They can also be tackled while still in the air, which would be illegal in rugby.  Although football players have more padding to protect the rest of their body from the tackle, they have no time to evaluate how they will take the blow.

Rugby Is Far From Perfect

Don’t run over to your local rugby little league just yet.  While rugby does have many safety advantages over football, it also has its own problems.  One of the major features of rugby is the scrum, a mass of opposing bodies that half of the players from each team participate in.  It involves locking your shoulders with your teammates and pushing against your opponents.  While the scum is highly regulated, that doesn’t completely prevent injuries.  If football’s problem is concussions, rugby’s is spinal injuries, frequently as a result of improper scrum.

Every contact sport is going to have significant risk.  Making the decision between football and rugby specifically will be obvious for some, and more of a toss up for others.  Ultimately, rugby has a better record of teaching players good habits to minimize their risk, but it is also not nearly as available or popular as football is in the United States. Colleges generate multi million dollar profits from their football programs; the NFL’s annual revenue could pay for 10 Pluto missions.  Despite safety concerns, football is not going anywhere.  You likely will have more opportunity to play football or find leagues that you would with rugby.

Whichever sport you choose for yourself or for your child, make sure you have the proper safety equipment.  Both sports mandate a mouthguard, that is non-negotiable.  Rugby’s only other safety equipment is a scrum cap, a thin cap worn by certain members of the scrum to prevent cauliflower ear.  Football players’ padding is much more extensive, but it is absolutely necessary if they intend to play the sport to its full potential.

Although  both sports necessitate some safety equipment, that’s not enough of a reason to throw them out entirely.  You need to be made aware of the risks, prepare for them yourself, then make your own decision.

Siya Kolisi’s journey from township to Test star

New South Africa captain Siya Kolisi had a tough upbringing but wants to inspire others to succeed

When he was young, Siya Kolisi’s favourite toy was a brick. His friends had toy cars but he would have as much fun, if not more, pushing his brick around in the Zwide township of Port Elizabeth (PE). These days he travels the world pushing in scrums but he never envisioned earning his living playing sport.

“I loved playing with that brick,” says the 26-year-old South Africa flanker. “I just enjoyed life when I was young and wanted to be happy with the things I had. I never dreamed of being a rugby player. All I wanted was to have a good life and make a good life for my family.”

Reflecting on his childhood, Kolisi insists he was given the most important things in life, “love and support”. He also uses the word “tough” frequently yet admits he didn’t realise it was so hard at the time; it was simply all he knew.

He was raised by his paternal grandmother and would wake not knowing if he would eat that day. He would go to school because he would get a meal there but had to stop attending when he was ten to look after his sick grandmother, who then died in his arms. Many of his friends fell into smoking and drinking.

“There weren’t a lot of people to look up to so you had to be strong,” he says. “Rugby was my way out.”

Siya Kolisi’s journey from township to Test star

CARDIFF, WALES – DECEMBER 02: Wales scrum half Aled Davies (l) and Rob Evans chase Springboks player Siya Kolisi during the International between Wales and South Africa at at Principality Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

He first tried the sport aged seven. Most of his family played so it was natural that he would sign up for his local club in the township, African Bombers. Five years later his talent was spotted and he was offered a scholarship to Grey Junior School in PE and latterly the high school.

He “didn’t speak a word of English” when he first arrived but did a language exchange with one of his classmates, Nicholas Holton teaching him English and Kolisi teaching Holton Xhosa. The two are still firm friends – Kolisi’s son is named after him and Holton was best man at his wedding.

From school, Kolisi progressed through the rugby ranks to Western Province and then the Stormers before making his international debut against Scotland in 2013. He was named vice-captain for the Springboks last year by Allister Coetzee and was one of his country’s standout performers in what was a poor season.

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He is acutely aware of how much his life has changed, saying: “My first goal was to get a meal at the end of the day. Now I set much higher goals. I want to be one of the best players in the Springbok team and one of the best players in the world.”

The back-rower’s ambitions don’t end on the field; he relishes his role-model status and wants to inspire others. While some sportsmen can feel burdened by the responsibility of setting an example, Kolisi embraces it.


“I don’t see rugby as a job – I love doing what I do and I want to inspire as many people as I can, especially those from the same background as me. It’s not about the pay cheque; I want to help people as much as I can. That’s why I’ve organised a new changing room at African Bombers. I like giving back. That’s my purpose in life and I use rugby as a platform.

“It’s vital people are an example for younger kids, show them how you can make it in South Africa so they don’t have to look elsewhere for role models, to America or other countries. No matter where you come from, if you put hard work in you can achieve.

“Kids in South Africa hopefully see people like me make it and give back to less fortunate people. I hope people get opportunities and I hope they don’t forget where they came from and give back. We should all work together.”

Kolisi, though, does not necessarily want children to follow his own route to sporting stardom. Rather than have to leave townships to get access to a better education, high-end coaches and so on, he would like to see that provided in those areas, to give opportunities to less fortunate children where they live and where their families are.

“If you take all those guys out of townships, who will kids look up to?” he asks, his reasoning spot-on.

Siya Kolisi’s journey from township to Test star

Stormers flanker Siya Kolisi (C) celebrates after scoring a try during the Super Rugby Super XV match between Stormers (South Africa) and Jaguares (Argentina) at Newlands Stadium in Cape Town on February 17, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / RODGER BOSCH (Photo credit should read RODGER BOSCH/AFP/Getty Images)

He returns to Zwide when he can and it is on one such visit that he found his half-siblings. His mother died when he was 16 and his half-brother Liyema and half-sister Liphelo moved in with their dad. When he passed away they were taken in by social workers.

Kolisi spent seven years trying to find them and on one visit to the township with Holton in 2014 he was pointed to where they were staying. The reunion was emotional but he was clear in his desire to make them part of his family with wife Rachel and son Nicholas. He has now adopted them and they all live in Cape Town, with their newborn daughter expanding the family further.

Being in conversation with Kolisi not only makes you wish more sportsmen used their profile for greater things but also forces you to question your own life and achievements. How can you better yourself? So it seems fitting to end with a piece of advice from the man who has done so much in his 26 years and will no doubt do more with the rest of his life.

“The most important thing is to work hard. I was running on talent for a while and those who worked harder than me were catching up and getting past me. No matter how talented you are, you still have to work hard.”

This article originally appeared in the February 2018 edition of Rugby World magazine. Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.



According to the American Dental Association (ADA), an athlete is 60 times more likely to suffer damage to the teeth if they are not wearing a mouth guard.  Braces or not, mouth guards are one of easiest ways to prevent dental injuries.

With every new sports season, parents are shopping around for a mouthguard that will keep their athlete safe and comfortable. Throw braces into the picture, and choosing a mouthguard becomes “mission impossible”.  Every braces mouthguard should have the following:

Custom Fit

Not all mouthguards are created equal.  Most braces mouthguards are “one size fits all” – they are often loose fitting and offer little protection. Some can actually damage the brackets by forcing the teeth into one uniform size.

A custom fit mouthguard will provide the best protection for a player’s teeth. A mouth guard that fits exactly to the shape of their teeth will remain secure and provide protection to every corner that a boil-n-bite can’t get to. .


Most mouth guards intended for braces are bulky, rubbery and gag inducing. That being said, getting your athlete to actually wear one becomes a whole new challenge in itself. The sheer bulk can make talking and breathing pretty uncomfortable..

The American Dental Association recommends choosing a mouthguard that allows players to talk, breathe and drink with ease, while remaining in the mouth during the entire game or practice.

Room for Growth

Braces help slowly move teeth into a perfect smile. While the teeth are undergoing this treatment, they need room to freely move to the desired position. When it comes to mouthguards, an athlete needs a mouth guard that will not interfere with this movement. Mouthguards that fit too tight or press up against the brackets can hinder the progress of orthodontic treatment.












To allow the teeth room to grow you can opt in for a series of inexpensive boil and bite solutions, or consider a remoldable mouthguard.

Bottom Mouthguard

Nearly 80% of all traumatic dental injuries occur to the top front teeth, which is why most athletes only wear mouthguards on their top teeth. However, with braces, it’s important to wear a mouthguard on the bottom teeth, too. In contact sports, such as wrestling and MMA, mouth guards worn on the bottom teeth will protect athletes’ lips and tongue from getting cut by the sharp brackets.

Cost vs. Investment

Braces, which cost upwards of R2,000, are a hefty investment and, therefore, warrant the best protection. When you have a mouthguard to protect your investment, players are able to play without worrying about breaking off a bracket or chipping a tooth.

SISU Mouthguards work great with braces. They are custom fitted (by you at home) and are remoldable to accommodate for shifting teeth

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