Namibia thrash Kenya in Gold Cup final match

Simbas lost 53-28 to hosts Namibia in their last match of Rugby Africa Gold Cup ahead of 2019 Rugby world cup (RWC).

The loss was painful the Kenya team which will be forced to play a Repecharge match to get a ticket for the  RWC in Japan.

The national 15s aside will join Germany, Canada and Hong Kong at the 2019 Rugby World Cup Repechage in Marseille, France as Namibia won the world title.

Playing on home turf, Cliven Loubser converted a penalty a 3-0 lead five minutes into the game as Simbas responded through Willy Ambaka touching down at the corner with Darwin Mukidza converting for a 7-3 lead.

Chrysander Botha went past the try line with Loubser converting as Louis van det Westhuizen’s extended hosts lead to a 17-7 lead with ten of the first half to play.

Namibian set up a counter attacking move that saw Loubser go over the chalk to put his side 22-7 as van der Westhuizen’s converted try after the restart took Namibian 29-7 up before Loubser’s penalty took the hosts 32-7 up.

Kenya’s Ambaka and Namibia’s Mahepisa Tjeriko would trade converted tries to bring up the score to 39-14 midway through the second half.

Ambaka would soon be sin binned, Namibia awarded a penalty try to go 46-14 up, their ticket to the 2019 Rugby World Cup all but assured.

Mukidza would beat the Namibian defence before offloading to replacement lock Malcolm Mamboleo Onsando who went over for his maiden test try, Mukidza adding the twos to make it 46-21.

Once again the Namibians scored with counter attacking rugby, pouncing on the loose ball as the Simbas chased the game, Botha landing his brace, Loubser with the conversion to take them 53-21 up.

The Simbas kept pressing,replacement scrum half Mohammed Omollo touching down with Mukidza converting to bring the score to 53-28, the eventual full time score.

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