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Rugby World Cup 2011: Wales v Namibia as it happened

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By Saj Chowdhury

0934: So, on to the Fiji match for Wales - their final Pool D encounter. It looks like a Wales v Ireland last eight clash, assuming the Irish beat Italy. Who's your money on? Thanks for all your tweets and texts.

nikhughes23 on Twitter: "Lose 81-7 and still get man of the match - Tinus Du Plessis must have had a stormer!"
In all fairness, he did seem a little embarrassed when they announced it on the tannoy - 20 tackles today though.

Wales coach Warren Gatland: "We started off with 22 points in the first 17 minutes and then the guys felt the game was over and went to sleep. They got a bit of a rollicking at half-time. They came out and did the job in the second half. Overall, with the number of changes we made I was really pleased."

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Adam, the Welshman living in Liverpool, via 81111: "Fully agree with abbey_lou! Good to see our boys finally putting the pressure on and performing at their best."

Wales captain Sam Warburton: "We got the bonus point which is what we wanted. Stephen Jones has got the appearances record - he is a Welsh great."

0920: I feel a stat coming on - Wales set a team record for points scored (81) in a Rugby World Cup match and scored their record number of tries (11) in a RWC match.

FULL-TIME Wales 81-7 Namibia

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80 mins: TRY Wales 81-7 Namibia
Wales score their millionth try of the night. This time it's Alun Wyn Jones on the left. Rhys Priestland converts. Whistle blows - job done Wales.

77 mins: Wales 74-7 Namibia
Before Wales scored that try I was going to let you people know who was awarded the man-of-the-match award. It was of course, Namibia's Tinus du Plessis...erm...

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77 mins: TRY Wales 74-7 Namibia
Wales score their 11th try but it's the first for Lee Byrne. Prop Bevington picks up a kick, the ball moves from left to right and a good offload from Leigh Halfpenny finds Byrne who goes over from a metre out. The conversion is missed.

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74 mins: TRY Wales 69-7 Namibia
Wales score a try from a scrum which was 10 metres from the line. Lloyd Williams goes over on the left. Rhys Priestland loses his 100% record with a missed conversion.

Abbey_Lou on Twitter: "The bbc live text is a god send whilst pretending to be working"

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69 mins: TRY Wales 64-7 Namibia
It's another try for Wales. Scott Williams produces a lovely step before surging over. Rhys Priestland makes it 2/2. Williams has scored the first Rugby World Cup hat-trick by a Welsh player since Gareth Thomas against Japan in 1995.

68 mins: Wales 57-7 Namibia
OK, as promised, here's the George North stat: Earlier, he became the youngest try scorer in Rugby World Cup history (19 years and 166 days), breaking the record by Joe Roff (Australia).

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65 mins: TRY Wales 57-7 Namibia
Cracking one-handed offload from Lee Byrne who drifts from right to left to find George North. He dives over for his second of the match [a George North stat coming up]. Rhys Priestland takes over the kicking duties and makes it 1/1.

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62 mins: TRY Wales 50-7 Namibia
And another one. This time Jonathan Davies deservedly goes over on the right. Once again, George North provides the momentum in the middle of the park. Stephen Jones converts yet again.

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60 mins: TRY Wales 43-7 Namibia
Good offload from Lloyd Jones finds George North who goes over. Stephen Jones adds the points.

57 mins: Wales 36-7 Namibia
Scrum to Namibia but the front row collapses. It's now a scrum to Wales. In the meantime, it looks like Ryan Jones has hurt his hand.

CapnFo on Twitter: "Juggernaut? I think you are underestimating Gethin's side-step and fake pass there."

56 mins: Wales 36-7 Namibia
Here's another fact thanks to Rugby World Cup site: Theuns Kotze set a Namibia Rugby World Cup record with most career points (24), surpassing Lean Van Dyk's 22.

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55 mins: TRY Wales 36-7 Namibia
Namibia score a try!!! Nico Esterhuyse intercepts and the ball is picked up by another huge forward Heinz Koll. He sprints, well, sort of, over the line to the delight of his team-mates. Theuns Kotze provides the icing.

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50 mins: TRY Wales 36-0 Namibia
A juggernaut-like effort from Gethin Jenkins. The giant runs about 40 metres through two tackles to go over. Stephen Jones kicks over again.

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48 mins: TRY Wales 29-0 Namibia
It seems like it's been ages since I've typed TRY, but I have now. Scott Williams, on his first start, scores his second of the match. Ball played out from the scrum and finds Williams who trots over from about 10 metres. Stephen Jones moves to 898 points with the conversion.

44 mins: Wales 22-0 Namibia
Lovely pace and power from Jonathan Davies but Aled Brew loses the ball five metres from the try-line. Chance gone.

43 mins: Wales 22-0 Namibia
Obstruction by Wales when they looked in a good position to grab their fourth try. The sloppiness continues.

Anon via 81111: "So Wales v New Zealand final anybody?"

41 mins: Wales 22-0 Namibia
We are back under way at New Plymouth. Will Wales get that fourth try?

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Anon via 81111: "Watching Wales while doing my biology homework, not ideal prep for my A levels but I have my priorities right' [not putting my name in case my teacher reads this]"

LuSmith93 on Twitter: "Keeping up with #bbcrwc to keep my mind off the fact that I feel awful #reallyreallyreallyhungover"
On a Monday?!

0818: OK, I can see you lot are so desperate for a stat that you're about to explode because of stat deficiency. Well, this one is courtesy of the official Rugby World Cup site. Ready? Wales have kept their opponents from scoring a single point before half-time, a feat they had not achieved in a Rugby World Cup match since 1995. Eat that for brekkie.

HALF-TIME Wales 22-0 Namibia

39 mins: Wales 22-0 Namibia
Penalty to Namibia a minute before half-time. Theuns Kotze has a chance to put his team on the scoreboard from about 50 metres. His effort is good but bounces back off the post. Unlucky.

38 mins: Wales 22-0 Namibia
Both teams have made 13 handling errors so far - that's not very good. It has been a strange performance from Wales, but they are 22 points up.

35 mins: Wales 22-0 Namibia
Referee Steve Walsh of Australia is angered by the errors in the scrum. He gives both captains a stern talking to.

33 mins: Wales 22-0 Namibia
Piet Van Zyl is offside and Wales win the penalty. The Welsh choose not to kick in search of that bonus point before half-time.

29 mins: Wales 22-0 Namibia
Little bit of afters between captain Jacques Burger and Sam Warburton by the looks of it as Wales were five metres from the Namibia line. Not even handbags, really.

MazLovering on Twitter: "This is the way to kick off my Monday morning: Wales 22-0 Namibia! Woo hoo keep it up."

29 mins: Wales 22-0 Namibia
Little bit of afters between captain Jacques Burger and Sam Warburton by the looks of it as Wales were five metres from the Namibia line. Not even handbags, really.

Nisi_1991 on Twitter: "You know your up early when you can see live RWC on #BBCRWC. Come on Namibia."

23 mins: Wales 22-0 Namibia
A chance for Namibia after Wales' Lloyd Burns concedes a penalty for hands in the ruck. Theuns Kotze steps up from 40 metres out to makes it four from seven at this World Cup, but he misses.

Andy via 81111: "Have you ever known so many kicks to hit the wood work in any comp before this?"

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17 mins: TRY Wales 22-0 Namibia
Wales win another penalty well inside the Namibia 22. Ryan Jones takes the quick tap and finds Toby Faletau who makes it three tries in 17 minutes. Stephen Jones kicks the extra two.

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16 mins: TRY Wales 15-0 Namibia
Stephen Jones finds Bradley Davies whose well-timed offload sends Aled Brew in for the second Welsh try. I have the feeling I might be typing TRY a few times today. Stephen Jones converts.

JoshuaMartin26 on Twitter: "On year abroad, just about to start a class in Bordeaux...keeping track with the #Wales game on"

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9 mins: TRY Wales 8-0 Namibia
Leigh Halfpenny bursts through tackles to release Scott Williams who sprints down the left touchline to go over. Three more for a bonus. Stephen Jones' attempted conversion bounces off the upright.

Robert_John88 on Twitter: "Missing my ATT exams to watch Wales hopefully beat Namibia. Sackable offence? Probably."

3 mins: PENALTY Wales 3-0 Namibia
Early error by Namibia hands Wales a penalty in kicking range. Record-breaking caps collector Stephen Jones slots in from the right.

1 min: Wales' Stephen Jones gets the match under way.

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Evan from Cardiff via 81111: "Have you forgotten what Fiji did to Wales at the last World Cup? Nothing is a given!

0729: They're going through the national anthems at the cosy-looking Stadium Taranaki. 'Namibia, Land of the Brave' is the title of the Namibia anthem and a lovely tune it is too.

0726: Having said that, Scotland looked good for the win against Argentina then it went a bit Nigel de Jong. Wales will not slip up today but they are expected to go over that try-line a few times.

0722: By the way, Wales face Fiji in their final group game, while Samoa are up against South Africa. Looking at those fixtures you'd expect the Welsh to cruise into the knockout stages. There will be no shocks, I'm sure of it.

0718: I guess it's worth giving fly-half Stephen Jones a special mention. The Scarlets player will set a new Wales appearance record when he wins his 101st cap.

BBC Radio 5 live's rugby commentator Alastair Eykyn on Twitter: "Snow-capped Mt Taranaki looking sensational behind stadium in New Plymouth. Wales to take BP v Namibia. Big score cld be useful later..."

0713: Nine players will make their first World Cup starts for Wales in the Namibia game - Lee Byrne, Leigh Halfpenny, Scott Williams, Aled Brew, Tavis Knoyle, Lloyd Burns, Craig Mitchell, Bradley Davies and Ryan Jones. Four Wales players will make their third successive starts in the 2011 World Cup - centre Jonathan Davies, lock Alun Wyn Jones, skipper Sam Warburton and eight Toby Faletau. The latter has arguably been Wales' most potent player - feel free to disagree.

Wales: 15-Lee Byrne, 14-Leigh Halfpenny, 13-Jonathan Davies, 12-Scott Williams, 11-Aled Brew, 10-Stephen Jones, 9-Tavis Knoyle, 8-Toby Faletau, 7-Sam Warburton (Captain), 6-Ryan Jones, 5-Alun Wyn Jones, 4-Bradley Davies, 3-Craig Mitchell, 2-Lloyd Burns, 1-Gethin Jenkins.
Replacements: 16-Ken Owens, 17-Ryan Bevington, 18-Luke Charteris, 19-Andy Powell, 20-Lloyd Williams, 21-Rhys Priestland, 22-George North.
Namibia: 15-Chrysander Botha, 14-Danie van Wyk, 13-Piet van Zyl, 12-Darryl de la Harpe, 11-Danie Dames, 10-Theuns Kotze, 9-Eugene Jantjies, 8-Jacques Nieuwenhuis, 7-Jacques Burger (captain), 6-Tinus du Plessis, 5-Nico Esterhuyse, 4-Heinz Koll, 3-Jane du Toit, 2-Hugo Horn, 1-Johnnie Redelinghuys.
Replacements: 16-Bertus O'Callaghan, 17-Raoul Larson, 18-Wacca Kazombiaze, 19-Rohan Kitshoff, 20-Ryan de la Harpe, 21-TC Losper, 22-David Philander.

0708: Now then live text commentary fans you can tweet about the match using the hashtag #BBCRWC, contact me directly @sajchowdhury or text in via 81111 (UK).

0703: ...Wales have only scored two tries in two matches at the RWC, having run in 23 in four games four years ago, and they have not beaten Namibia by more than 15 points. Admittedly, they have only played the African side on three previous occasions, the last being in 1993 when I was just xx [age hidden to prevent shock].

0700 BST: The 2011 Rugby World Cup roadshow is back in New Plymouth today with Wales looking to whip the whipping boys Namibia [185 points in the against column] in order to gain the necessary bonus point to draw level with Samoa in Pool D. Easy? Well...

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see also
Rugby World Cup fixtures and results
26 Sep 11 |  Rugby Union
Rugby World Cup tables
09 Aug 06 |  Tables
Wales 81-7 Namibia
26 Sep 11 |  Welsh
Fiji 0-66 Wales
02 Oct 11 |  Welsh
South Africa 87-0 Namibia
22 Sep 11 |  Rugby Union
Wales 17-10 Samoa
18 Sep 11 |  Welsh
South Africa 17-16 Wales
14 Sep 11 |  Welsh
Samoa 49-12 Namibia
15 Sep 11 |  Rugby Union
Rugby World Cup 2011 team guide
08 Sep 11 |  Rugby Union

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