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Monday Sep 26, 2011

Gethin Jenkins' fantastic solo effort against Namibia

Welsh prop Gethin Jenkins scored a wonderful solo effort as Wales beat Namibia 81-7 earlier today in New Plymouth, scoring 12 tries as they produced a strong second half performance against the fatigued African outfit.

Namibia, who took a thumping from the Springboks just a few days back, were somehow expected to get up to face Wales today in a fixture that has once again highlighted the problems that exist within the format of the competition. Made up of a handful of professionals and mostly amateur players, the Namibians are now the first team to officially to exit the tournament. 

They did okay in the first half as they showed their fighting spirit and Wales took a while to get going. The second however was a task too much, and they ended up shipping over 80 points in two matches, in just five days.

Welsh center Scott Williams scored a hat-trick, and as his side ran riot in the second half, prop Gethin Jenkins scored a fantastic solo effort. Having returned from horrible injury problems, Jenkins was delighted just to be out there, and as everyone knows, he just needs the ball in a bit of space to show that he himself is a frustrated backline player.

Speaking about his nine month long injury problems, Jenkins said earlier in the week “It has been a long road back, and I have to thank Wales’ medical and physiotherapy staff for doing great work with me.

“It is a dark time when you are injured, but the medical staff around me kept me going and kept reassuring me it was going to be right,” he said.

Wales and world rugby are the better for it, as today we saw a wonderful player score a brilliant front-rowers try, his second entry in our archive of the best prop tries ever.

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