RWC Qualifiers: Zimbabwe, Namibia storm into Rugby Africa Cup semis

Zimbabwe Sables Team Photo ahead of Netherlands match. Photo Courtesy/The Sables -Facebook.

Zimbabwe Sables and Namibia have qualified for the semi-finals of the Rugby Africa Cup after winning their respective quarter-final matches played on Friday, July 1, 2022.

The two African giants will face off in the first semi-final scheduled for Wednesday, with the winner set to proceed to the final.

The Sables booked a date in the last four after defeating Ivory Coast 38-11 in the second quarter-final played in Marseille. Zimbabwe went into the match full of confidence having competed in the Currie Cup and recently defeated the Netherlands 30-7 in Amsterdam to move to 27th on the world rankings.

In the opening half, Ivory Coast managed six points on the board while Zimbabwe scored two tries and two penalties.

Centre Matthew McNab scored the opening try of the match before Shayne Makombe added the second try. The other six points were off the boot and they saw the Sables lead 16-6 at half-time.

On return from the break, Makombe added the second try while Aiden Burnett also joined the scoresheet for a 31-11 lead. Matthew Madiomba scored the final try of the game as Zimbabwe proceeded to the semis.

In the first quarter-final, African Champions Namibia stormed into the semis following a comfortable 71-3 win over Burkina Faso. Allister Coetzee charges scored 24 points in the first half and 47 in the final half to dismiss Burkina Faso.

More matches will be played on Saturday with Kenya Simbas and Uganda Cranes set to face in the East African derby at 1600hrs while Algeria and Senegal will battle in the fourth quarter.

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