KAAPSTAD, South Africa, August 18, 2018 / – On Saturday, August 18, 2018 the oldest rugby team of Namibia played the Welwitschias played against Kenya during the 2018 Rugby Africa Gold Cup, which is also a qualifying match for the Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan.
This was the fifth victory for the Welwitschias and saw Namibia qualify for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. Namibia opened the score with a penalty from Clive Loubser.
Kenya then scored the first try of the game via right-winger William Ambaka who was converted by Darwin Mukidza and took a 7-3 lead within 13 minutes.
Namibia hit back by the attempt of Chrysander Botha who converted Loubser for 17-7 scoreline.
Namibia regained the lead by man from the equal and double attempt scorer Louis Van Der Westhuizen.
Kenya was offered an opportunity to reduce the overdue payments by a penalty but Ambaka missed.
Loubser added a try and a conversion to calm the score to 22-7.
The Welwitschias resume the second half stronger, with Van Der Westhuizen adding his second attempt of the day within one minute of resumption with Loubser adding more points.
The Welwitschias who won the Rugby Africa Gold Cup four times in a row will qualify for the 2019 World Cup Final for Japan.  While Namibia dominated the game, Kenya made a lot of changes that made the game even more urgent. Ambaka scored his second attempt for Kenya.
Mukidza converted the attempt to get the score to 32-14.
side immediately repulsed by Tjeriko Mahepisa and Loubser converted to give Namibia a lead of 39-14.
Darrly De la Harpe added his name to the try-scorer and Loubser converted to take the score to 46-14.
Kenya kept pushing and captain Davis Chenge scored a try that was converted by Mukidza.
Kenya then scored and converted another two try-outs while the home team added a re-inserted try by Botha to leave the final score at 53-28 in favor of Namibia.
With the victory, Namibia has retained the Africa Gold Cup for the fifth time and qualified for the World Cup.
Kenya will have another chance to claim a place on the World Championship when they play the qualifications of the November repechage.  After the media campaign Namibia's Coach Phil Davies said he was satisfied with his ambitions.
"We played well today, the team stayed with the competition plan, which means a lot because we have built a team since the last World Cup, and we now have an average age of 24 years compared with 31 in the previous tournament. now have depth, "he explained.
Captain Johan Deysel said that Namibia had played well by using all the opportunities they encountered.
Ian Snook, the Kenyan coach said his team played their hearts but the game lost lack of intelligence.
Abdelaziz Bougja, president of World Rugby & # 39; s African Association, Rugby Africa (www.RugbyAfrique.com), said: "Namibia has been impressive throughout this competition and has won the strongest team today." Congratulations and I doubt it not that they will make us proud of the RWC 2019 in Japan, also well done for Kenya that went through and played really well, I am very proud of our African teams and the progress they have made in recent years. "
Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard, founder and CEO of APO Group (www.APO-opa.com), the main official partner of Rugby Africa, said: "As the main official partner of Rugby Africa, we will do everything we can to help the world keep abreast of Namibia's participation in the World Championship Soon we will unveil a communication plan aimed at promoting African rugby at the Rugby World Cup 2019. "
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Rugby Africa.
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