Rugby Union: Victory turns on Lewis

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EMYR LEWIS scored two crucial tries as Wales completed a clean sweep of the internationals on their African tour, beating Namibia

38-23 in Windhoek yesterday.

Both came in the second half of a hard-fought game. He gave Wales the lead for the second time when he crossed for his first, scooping up a loose ball 10 metres from the line. His second, which put the tourists two scores ahead with 10 minutes to play, came when he took an inside pass from Roger Bidgood, crashed through two defenders, shook off a third and then sprinted for the line.

The Namibians had shaken Wales with a try three minutes into the game by the full-back Jaco Coetzee, and led 17-14 at half-time, with Simon Hill scoring a try for the Welsh and Neil Jenkins kicking two penalties.

The lead changed hands three times in the second half, where, apart from Lewis's vital contribution, there were tries for Wayne Proctor and Rupert Moon.

NAMIBIA: J Coetzee; G Mans (capt), H Snyman, M Marais, E Meyer; M Booysen, B Buitendag; C Derks, S Smith, A Van Wyk, D Kotze, B Malgas, J Barnard, H Brink, K Goosen.

WALES: M Rayer (Cardiff); S Hill (Cardiff), R Bidgood (Newport), N Boobyer (Llanelli), W Proctor (Llanelli); N Jenkins (Pontyridd), R Moon (Llanelli); M Griffiths (Cardiff), M Lamerton (Llanelli), H Williams-Jones (S Wales Police), P Davies (Llanelli), G Llewellyn (Neath, capt), S Davies (Swansea), E Lewis (Llanelli), L Jones (Llanelli).

Referee: K McCartney (Scotland)

Scotland scored three tries - through Doddie Weir, Kenny Logan and a penalty try - as they beat an undisciplined Tonga side 23-5 in an unofficial Test in Nuku'alofa, Western Samoa.

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