Paarwater keen to upset the form book against Namibia

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Jul 29, 2017
  • Kenya and Namibia face off in a Rugby Africa Gold Cup top-of-the table clash. (SNA. File Photo)

Jerome Paarwater, the Kenya 15's head coach admitted a poor record against their opponents Namibia.

He is keen to tilt the scales in his favor but admits that will be a tall order as Kenya face Namibia in their last Rugby Africa Gold Cup match in Windhoek on Saturday.

In an interview with KRU website, the South African coach said:  ”It’s our last game tomorrow against Namibia. It is like a final. It’s going to be a tough game and we will approach it like a final. We don’t have a great record in Namibia and want to put up a good performance this time.” 

Officially, Namibia have 20 points although they did not get a bonus point against Zimbabwe and therefore should have 19 points while Kenya has 16.

The coach admitted Kenya started slowly by sharing the spoils with Uganda before recording good wins against Tunisia, Senegal and Zimbabwe.

"We did not start well but we are on track now. The more games they play the more comfortable they get. We are close to be where we want to be," Paarwater observed.

World Cup qualifier plans

His plans are already for the World Cup qualifier next year and he admits that will be a tall order. The build up for that begins on Saturday. "It's not gonna be a good game because between the two teams want to win and clinch the Gold Cup."  

Paarwater admitted the season has been tough. "The season has been tough, as we are heading next year into the World Cup qualifiers. The teams are doing a lot of work. Teams like Uganda and Zimbabwe have stepped up," he acknowledged.

"Next year I know that between Tunisia and Senegal, they will be tough and we should be prepared to play them. Next year will be tough. I am satisfied with the season," the coach said.

On Saturday, Wilson K'Opondo captains the squad from second row where he once again partners Simon Muniafu.

Oliver Mang’eni misses out because of work commitments. he could not  link up with the squad in good time.

Tunisia will be in Harare to face Zimbabwe before the curtain comes down on the championship next weekend when Zimbabwe travel to Uganda and Tunisia host Senegal. 

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 v Tunisia (Harare), Namibia v Kenya (Windhoek).

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

Additional reporting, KRU