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Klim scaling new heights

THE Namibian national rugby team made history on Saturday, beating Tunisia 118-0 and exciting winger Lesley Klim was one of the stars of the show, scoring four tries.

The 23-year-old Klim has become an integral part of the national side which is preparing for next year's World Cup, and having also secured a professional contract with top Welsh side, Ospreys, he is starting to make a name for himself abroad.

Last Saturday he impressed with his speed and power as he made full use of his opportunities to score four tries.

Klim, however, remained humble and down to earth, saying that his team mates should get the credit.

“I scored four tries and got the credit for scoring them, but most of the credit should go to our forwards like Max (Katjijeko), who won the man of the match award - they do the hard work and we just finish it off. The tries were the result of a team effort and it was good to round them off,” he said.

“We have been building a process since 2015 and it's great to see it all coming together. We trust in the process and do what the coach expects us to do,” he added, saying it was good to be part of the record-breaking team.

“It feels good to be part of a team that is making history. A few years ago we lost by those scores in the Currie Cup, so now it's nice to be on the other side and making those scores ourselves.”

Namibia are now well ahead in the race for qualification to the 2019 World Cup, but Klim said they won't get carried away. Their next match is away to Morocco in Casablanca on Saturday, and Klim said they would take it one game at a time.

“We still have to play Morocco, Zimbabwe and Kenya, so we are taking it one game at a time. Now it's back to the drawing board so that we can fix our mistakes and do better in our next match,” he said.

The former Unam winger's big break came last year when he was signed up by English Championship side Doncaster Rovers, and he immediately made an impact, scoring a try in his first match.

“I wasn't supposed to play, but I was called up at the last minute and scored a try and won the man of the match award,” he said.

“Since then I've played eight matches in total and scored four tries for them,” he added.

Ospreys spotted him the first time in his second match against Leinster, and after following his budding career, they offered him a contract about a month later.

“My agent contacted me and said a few clubs were interested in signing me, and one of them, Ospreys, came to watch me play against Leinster. I played three more matches and then in my fifth match against London Scottish they offered me a contract. I said let me first think about it for a few weeks, but then after about a month I said I will take it,” Klim said.

Klim will now play at a higher level and get more exposure, since Ospreys compete in the European Challenge and the Guinness Pro14 competition, which includes South African sides like the Cheetahs and the Kings, and he said he was excited by the challenge.

“I'm very excited and it's been a dream of mine to play professionally, so its very pleasing that it's coming true. But now the competition will get tougher and I need to be up for the challenge,” he said.

“I'm fortunate that I was raised in a Christian family - I believe and trust in God, so I'll just do my best and God will do the rest,” he added.

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