Namibia qualify for World Cup, Kenya Simbas head to Repechage

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Namibia once again proved superior as they beat Kenya Simbas 36-0 at Stade Maurice-David in France to win the  Rugby Africa Cup and have qualified for the seventh Rugby World Cup.

The Welwitschias will join hosts France, New Zealand, Italy, and Uruguay in Pool A in the 2023 showpiece.

The Simbas, meanwhile, will compete in the Final Qualification Tournament in November for their chance to qualify for their maiden World Cup

The Simbas came to this to this match hoping to earn the third win against Namibia who had won 11 out of the last 13 meetings. To win the match Wian Conradie scored three tries as Johan Deysel scored once try.

Kenya Simbas started off well but Namibia put up a strong hunt for a try towards the end of the first 10 minutes. Collins Injera had to make a try-saving tackle in the 10th minute to deny the blue shirts.

Namibia got the breakthrough in the 17th minute when experienced hooker Thorsten van Jaarsveld caught the Kenyan defence napping off a ruck and a brilliant support play followed and it saw the ball change hands before it was released to Wian Conradie who raced and dived over for the first try. The conversion attempt was off target.

Namibia added a penalty from Cliven Loubser to move to eight points. Kenya Simbas made unfruitful attempts to come back butNamibia struck back off a ruck with Conradie diving from close range for a try that Loubser converted for a 15-0 halftime lead.

The second half saw both sides start off with mistakes all over but the Welwitschias bagged a three-pointer off a penalty for an 18-0 lead.

Loubser later drilled in another penalty to move to 21 points. Kenya Simbas coach Paul Odera brought in the likes of Edward Mwaura, Jone Kubu, Davis Chenge Teddy Akala and Brian Tanga and even though they tried to change the tide, mistakes continued to haunt them as Namibia drilled another penalty through Loubser for a 24-0.

Loubser failed to widen the  gap further with his kick sailing wide in the 71st minute and it was his last action in the match.

Namibia edged closer to victory with blindside flanker Conradue crossing over for his third try to take the scores to 31-0 before skipper Deysel sealed the victory with the final try.

Algeria finished third in the competition after a 20-12 win over Zimbabwe Sables.

Uganda finished fifth with a 18-17 win over Ivory Coast while Senegal finished seventh with 44 – 30 win over Burkina Faso.

Namibia: 1. Des Sethie 2. Thorsten van Jaarsveld 3. Aranos Coetzee, 4. Adriaan Ludick, 5. Johan Retief, 6. Wian Conradie 7. Janco Venter,8 Adriaan Booysen 9.Daman Stevens, 10. Cliven Loubser, 11. Gerswin Mouton, 12.Danco Burger, 13. Johan Deysel (captain) 14.JC Greyling, 15.Divan Rossouw

Louis van der Westhuizen, Jano Otto, Jason Benade,  Ruan Ludick, Prince Gaoseb, Hilarius Kisting, PW Steenkamp,Alcino Isaacs

Kenya Simba  line up: 1. Patrick Ouko 2. Eugene Sifuna 3. Ephraim Oduor 4. Malcolm Onsando 5. Thomas Okeyo 6. George Nyambua 7. Daniel Sikuta 8. Bethuel Anami 9. Samuel Asati 10. Dominic Coulson 11. Collins Injera 12. John Okoth 13. Vincent Onyala 14. Jacob Ojee 15. Darwin Mukidza.

Impact players: 16. Teddy Akala 17. Edward Mwaura 18. Joseph Odero 19. Davis Chenge 20. Martin Owilah 21. Brian Tanga 22. Jone Kubu 23. Bryceson Adaka.


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