Namibia made history on Sunday by beating Uruguay for the first time 30-28 in Montevideo in the World Rugby Nations Cup.
It is the first win that the African side have had over a World Cup team since 2010, and was won in style with a last minute penalty from fly-half Cliven Loubser.
While the fly-half sealed the win, it was number eight Janco Venter who had the greatest impact, scoring two tries, including a blistering run down the wing.
Here are the highlights of his performance:
The standout performer for Namibia in their first win over a RWC level side since 2010 was their athletic number 8 Janco Venter. He was only on for 60 minutes before getting injured, but made several good carries, impactful tackles, and it was his two tries set up the victory. pic.twitter.com/Knkp7aWr6I
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Namibia are in Pool B this coming World Cup in September alongside reigning champions the All Blacks, two-time champions South Africa, Italy and Canada. They would not be expected to win a game in this group, but that does not mean that they will not have players that make outstanding contributions.
Venter currently plies his trade with Championship side Jersey Reds, but the World Cup offers an opportunity for players to impress some big clubs across the world. In the past, the World Cup has proven to be a way that players in Tier Two nations can showcase their talents against rugby’s elite, and we have already been given a glimpse of what to expect.
Jacques Burger is probably the most notable Namibian to play in the Premiership, forging a name for himself as one of the hardest players in the league while with Saracens. The World Cup could open the door for some of his compatriots to make a similar move.
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