Kenya: Namibia Is Mission Possible, Say Simbas

Namibia face Kenya with a World Cup spot up for grabs

On Saturday 18 August 2018, the Namibia senior rugby team the Welwitschias played against Kenya during the 2018 Rugby Africa Gold Cup, which is also a qualifier for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

The victor in Marseille will join World champions New Zealand, South Africa, Italy and Namibia in Group B in Asia.

However, all will not be lost for the runners-up as they go into a repechage tournament with Canada, Germany and Hong Kong, and the overall winners also go the 2019 finals in Japan.

The final round of matches in the Rugby Africa Gold Cup saw Tunisia defeat Morocco 36-13 in Monastir and Zimbabwe beat Uganda 38-13 in Kampala, results that saw Morocco relegated to the Silver Cup competition for 2019.

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Van der Westhuizen turned over the ball for his second try when he combined well with Jan-Pieter Van Lill at the start of the second half for a 29-7 lead.

Ambaka would score his second try of the match but it was a little too late for Kenya, as Namibia increased their tally when Max Katjijeko scored the fifth try.

Simbas captain Davis Chenge added: "The mood in the camp is encouraging".

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Despite scoring 44 tries and only conceding five at the other end to top the Rugby Africa Gold Cup table with a ideal record, Namibia coach Phil Davies is too experienced to take anything for granted when his side take on Kenya in Windhoek on Saturday for a place at Rugby World Cup 2019.

Namibia have 20 points and Kenya 17 after four rounds of round-robin play in the six-nation African qualifying competition, which concludes this weekend.

Speaking to the media after the match Namibia's Coach Phil Davies said he was pleased with the ambitions of his side.

Get the latest World Cup news updates. We have an average age of 24 years now compared to 31 at the previous tournament.

"The Tunisian game provided a bit of everything which the players will learn from".

"It was a pleasantly good performance and very many things worked well for us and obviously there were a few which didn't but we will work on them", the tactician said. "We have depth now", he commented. Both sides have won all four of their matches but Namibia's dominant performances so far have earned them four bonus points to Kenya's one.

"Now we have three wins but we need one more so that we have outright wins which will guarantee us safety", said Mrs Chipandu.


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