Namibia, Kenya Through to Car U19 Final

Namibia and Kenya qualified for the final of the CAR Africa U19 Cup after contrasting victories against Tunisia and Zimbabwe in Windhoek on Tuesday afternoon.

Namibia thrashed Tunisia 78-3 to book their place in the final, while Kenya beat Zimbabwe 27-20 in a close encounter.

Namibia were always in charge against Tunisia, running in 12 tries, of which nine were converted by flyhalf Chris Arries.

Prop forward Jakob Breedt scored a hat trick of tries, while centre Justin Newman scored two tries.

Scrumhalf Reinold Benade, flanker Cameron Langenhoven, lock Johan Retief, wing Hendrik von Mollendorff, centre Loui Grobbelaar, reserve scrumhalf Donavan Becker and reserve flyhalf Henrique Olivier each scored one try.

In the early match, Kenya withstood a late comeback by Zimbabwe to win their encounter 27-20.

Kenya started gly and seemingly had the game wrapped up when they led 27-5 shortly after halftime.

Zimbabwe however made a fine comeback with three second half tries, and had their kicking not been so poor, they could well have won the match.

For Kenya, flyhalf Billy Isabwa scored two tries, and wing Alex Olaba, flanker Felix Ojon and lock John Paul Kithui scored one try each, while scrum half Marlin Akoloo scored one conversion.

For Zimbabwe, flanker Shepherd Mhembere scored a hattrick of tries, while wing Tawanda Ngosi scored one try.

Namibia and Kenya will now contest the final at the National Rugby Stadium at 16h00 on Saturday, 30 August.

Tunisia and Zimbabwe will contest the third-place playoff at 14h00.

Source : The Namibian