Howley rocket spurs Wales
Wales continued their march towards the World Cup knockout phase in record-breaking fashion at Stadium Taranaki - but only after a verbal roasting from assistant coach Rob Howley.
Former Wales captain Howley vented his feelings at half-time following a sluggish opening 40 minutes against Pool D minnows Namibia - and it had the desired effect as Wales transformed a 22-0 interval advantage into an 81-7 victory, smashing their previous best World Cup win of 72-18 against Japan four years ago.
"We knew we had to get a bonus point, and we started the first 20 minutes well, but we then got a bit complacent," said Wales coach Warren Gatland. "Rob (Howley) was quite ferocious at half-time, and we were a lot more effective in the second half. It was pleasing the way we finished."
Wales full-back Lee Byrne, who claimed one of his team's dozen tries, added: "The first half wasn't good enough at the end of the day, but we didn't press any panic button like maybe we would have done at certain times in the past.
"I thought it was really mature of us just to tick over and not to force it. We just let it happen.
"Coming in 22 points up, we probably expected to have had more than that. It gave us a bit of a wake up in the second half, and we needed it.
"We were too complacent. After scoring a couple of early tries, we obviously thought it was going to be an easy game, but in fairness to Namibia they tackled hard and ran hard."
Centre Scott Williams claimed a hat-trick on his full Wales debut, while George North scored twice and there were also tries for Byrne, Jonathan Davies, Aled Brew, Alun-Wyn Jones, Toby Faletau, Gethin Jenkins and Lloyd Williams.
Fly-half Stephen Jones marked his record 101st Wales cap by booting 15 points, while Rhys Priestland chipped in with three late conversions as Namibia bowed out of the competition with four successive defeats and a mammoth 266 points conceded.
"Guys coming off the bench had a positive impact, and we have got to be pleased. We scored 12 tries and we looked pretty slick at times," Gatland said. "The challenge for the players was to give us a few selection headaches, and they certainly did that."