It all began with a relaxed looking guy singing his national anthem. Perhaps he knew what was coming and didn't really care? Either way, this morning wasn't the most relaxing occasion for Namibia, the lowest ranked team in the Rugby World Cup.

Their match against the All Blacks went a little bit like this ...

While Japan have already proved that anything can happen during the Rugby World Cup, it was clear quite early on that this match wasn't going to be a repeat of their victory against South Africa.

"Are we gonna let Namibia score at least a try or two?" Kelly Teed asked, suggesting that it would at least keep the team's spirits up.


Some observed a similarity in the Namibian flag to New Zealand's own controversial Red Peak flag.

A Canadian viewer wondered, "is anyone in NZ sober, at 7am?" - perhaps having heard about the change in liquor licensing laws so bars could open during World Cup matches.

However, it seemed most Kiwi tweeps were enjoying the game over a hearty breakfast, rather than a pint.

Namibian fans were licking their wounds early on, but tried to stay positive. "Let's keep it under a hundred Namibia," wrote Uva Ngatjizeko. However, Simphiwe Swelindawo wrote that he wished their was an option for surrender.

In amongst all the jokes, former Campbell Live broadcaster Ali Ikram made a good point about the language around the underdogs.

"We have no collective national language to acknowledge the fact Namibia are not in the same class but that there is honour in participation," he tweeted.

While the score was 34-6 at halftime, Luigi Cappel found the Namibian side to be stronger than the one he saw at the last Rugby World Cup.

Richie McCaw - or at least his parody account - was ready to help out with a snack for the boys at halftime.


And everyone was cheering when Namibia's Johan Deysel went on to score a try in the second half. Ahhh, that underdog spirit eh.

As far as the All Blacks, Sonny Bill Williams, Malakai Fekitoa and Nehe Milner-Skudder were all highly rated on Twitter.

While the All Blacks went on to win the game 58-14, there was plenty of admiration for the Namibian side and the good fight they put up in the second half. And as always, rugby was the winner at the end of the day.