Namibia beat Kenya to win Rugby Africa Gold Cup

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Jul 29, 2017
  • Wilson K'Opondo, the Kenya 15's captain acknowledged Kenya were punished for their mistakes in the match against Namibia. (SNA. File Photo)

Kenya needs to execute better and play for the entire 80 minutes to be able to overcome a strong team like Namibia.

These were the observations of Wilson K'Opondo after Kenya were beaten 45-7 by Namibia in the Rugby Africa Gold Cup to finish second. The captain admitted Namibia who retained the newly introduced Gold Cup were deserved winners.

"They were quick and punished our mistakes. We leaked tries and need to work more on our defense which has been wanting. In addition to this, we need to execute better," K'Opondo stated.

His opposite number,  Rohan Kitshoff  admitted they expected the toughest competition from Kenya. "We are relieved to have beaten Kenya who made us work for all the points. Our focus is to qualify for the Rugby World Cup next year. We have a god mix of youthful and experienced players who should give us much depth next year," the captain observed.

In Windhoek, Kenya trailed 0-14 at half time and were punished for mistakes. One of the weakest areas in this match was in the line outs where Kenya easily lost possession.

After conceding the two tries, Kenya came back strongly towards the end of the half and opted to go for two line outs from two kickable penalties. 

Solid Namibia defense

They came up against a solid Namibia defense who were reduced to 14 after Mahepisa Tjeriko was sent to the sin bin by the referee Egon Seconds.

David Philander scored the first try and Chrysander Botha the second. Both tries were converted by Cliven Loubster  

In the second half, Cliven Loubster scored a try in the 43rd minute but missed the conversion from a good attacking play. 

Then, from a quick penalty by Sam Onsomu inside the Namibian five, Kenya surged ahead and another good drive by K'Opondo came close but it was Moses Amusala who crashed over and Darwin Mukidza converted for a 26-7 lead in Namibia's favor.

Philander scored his second try in the 57th minute after combining well with Loubster who missed the conversion as Namibia comfortably led 31-7. 

In the 64th minute, Tony Onyango broke through but was fouled as Kenya opted for a line out. This was after Kenya reclaimed posession after Philander squandered a scoring chance.

Martin Owila also broke through in the 65th minute and passed to David Ambunya whose pass to Isaac Adimo was knocked on. 

Namibia were not  done as Casper Viviers scored a try near the posts in the 71st minute as Namibia led 38-7.

Four minutes later, substitute  Leslie Klim crossed the line under the posts to extend the lead 45-7.

Kenya finished second after Tunisia beat Zimbabwe 31-23 in Harare. 

Teams

Kenya: 15.Tony Onyango (Homeboyz), 14. Darwin Mukidza (KCB), 13. David Ambunya (Quins), 12. Leo Seje (Impala), 11. Jacob Ojee (KCB), 10. Isaac Adimo (Quins), 9. Samson Onsomu (Impala), 1. Moses Amusala (KCB), 2. Peter Karia (KCB), 3. Curtis Lilako (KCB), 4. Wilson K'Opondo (Quins, Captain), 5. Simon Muniafu (Impala), 6. Eric Kerre (Impala), 7. Davis Chenge (KCB), 8. Joshua Chisanga (Newcastle Falcons);  Replacements: 16. Philip Ikambili (Homeboyz), 17. Oscar Simiyu (KCB), 18. Bramwell Mayaka (Homeboyz), 19. George Nyambua (Kabras Sugar), 20. Martin Owila (KCB), 21. Lyle Asiligwa (Quins), 22. Kenny Andola (KCB), 23. Dennis Muhanji (Quins).

Namibia: 15. Chrysander Botha, 14. Johan Tromp, 13. Justin Newman, 12. JC Greyling (vice captain), 11. David Philander, 10. Cliven Loubster, 9. Damian Stevens; 1. Casper Viviers, 2. Louis Van der Westhuizen, 3. Johannes Coetzee, 4. Mahepisa Tjeriko, 5. Ruan Ludic, 6. Rohan Kitshoff (captain), 7. Janco Venter, 8. Wian Conradie; Replacements: 16. Obert Nortje, 17. Collen Smith, 18. AJ De Klerk, 19. Muharua Katjijeko, 20. Christo Van der Merwe, 21. Eugene Jantjies, 22. Theuns Kotze, 23. Leslie Klim. 

Fixtures

June 24: Kenya 33 Uganda 33, Senegal 16 Zimbabwe 28.

July 1: Senegal 16 Uganda 17, Tunisia 7 Namibia 53.

July 8: Kenya 100 Tunisia 10, Namibia 95 Senegal 0.

July 15: Kenya 45 Senegal 20, Uganda 78 Tunisia 17, Namibia 31 Zimbabwe 26.

July 22: Uganda 24 Namibia 48, Zimbabwe 22 Kenya 41.

July 29: Zimbabwe 23 Tunisia 31, Namibia 45 Kenya 7.

August 5: Uganda v Zimbabwe (Kampala), Tunisia v Senegal (Monastir). 

Reported by Eric Odanga