Namibia qualify for Rugby World Cup

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Windhoek - Namibia on Saturday beat Kenya 53-28 to win the Rugby Africa Gold Cup for the fifth successive time and qualify for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

The match, which was played in front of a capacity crowd at the Hage Geingob Stadium in Windhoek, saw the Welwitschias score seven tries against Kenya’s four.

Namibia were the first to register points on the board through a penalty by Cliven Loubser in the 10th minute.

Kenya then scored the first try of the match through William Ambaka, which was converted by Darwin Mukidza, to take a 7-3 lead inside 13 minutes. Namibia hit back through Chrysander Botha’s try which Loubser converted for a 17-7 scoreline.

Man of the match and double try scorer, Louis van der Westhuizen then scored a team effort. Kenya were offered an opportunity to reduce the arrears through a penalty, but Ambaka missed.

Loubser then added a try and missed a conversion to take the scoreline to 22-7 at half-time.

The second half saw Namibia score as early as the first minute through Van der Westhuizen to take the scoreline to 29-7.

Namibia were then awarded a penalty try following an error by Kenya to stretch their lead to 36-7.

With Namibia dominating the game, Kenya made a raft of changes which added urgency to their game, with Ambaka scoring his second try for Kenya.

Mukidza converted the try to take the scoreline to 36-14.

The home side hit back immediately through Tjeriko Mahepisa and Loubser converted to give Namibia a 43-14 lead. Botha scored his second try and Loubser converted for a 50-14 scoreline.

Kenya kept pushing and captain Davis Chenge scored a try which was converted by Mukidza, taking the scoreline to 50-21.

Kenya then scored and converted one more try while the home team added one more penalty to leave the final score at 53-28 in Namibia’s favour. - Nampa

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