Kenya under 20 rugby team handed defending champions Namibia in today’s final to qualify for World Rugby U20 Trophy in Brazil this year.
Popularly called Chipu, the team edged out Namibia after six years of unbeaten run for losers in a final Barthes Cup at KCB Sports ground to qualify.
The buoyant Chipu under Paul Odera took home advantage and fans to edge Namibia 21-18 to qualify for World Under 20 Trophy in July in Sao Jose Dos Campos in Brazil.
Kenya came from 06-10 down in the first half to seal the victory. Unconverted tries from Brian Amaitsa and Beldad Peter Ogeta earned the title after Delron Brandt had given the Namibians a 6-0 lead inside the first seven minutes.
Amaitsa gave Kenya the breakthrough in the 16th minute after evading several tackles to score near the stick as Dominic Coulson missed the conversion.
Andrew Matoka made the try as Ogeta weaved through three players to put Kenya 10-6 up seconds before the halftime hooter sounded.
The points that dealt Namibia the final blow came from Matoka in the 77th minute.
The final was preceded by a tough bronze medal match, which was a see-saw throughout the first half before Senegal floored Tunisia 28-16.
Tunisia was relegated and will switch places with Pool ‘B’ winners in 2020.
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