Namibia Win U19 Africa Cup

Namibia won the U19 Africa Cup in style with a comprehensive 52-17 victory against Kenya on Saturday.

Namibia dominated from the start, scoring their first try after only one minute, and eventually ran in a total of eight tries.

They led 35-5 at halftime, and although Kenya made a bit of a comeback in the second half it was never enough as Namibia eased to victory.

The result means that Namibia have once again qualified for the Rugby Junior World Trophy which will take place in Portugal in 2015.

The only bad news was the injury sustained by Namibian captain and flyhalf Chris Arries who tore his knee ligaments and was carried off towards the end of the first half.

Till then Arries had a brilliant game, scoring the opening try with a fine dummy and converting all of Namibia’s first five tries, including two excellent kicks from the touchline.

Namibia’s other try scorers were flanker Cameron McNab, prop Hans Breedt and lock Johan Retief, while left wing Milaan van Wyk and fullback Divan Rossouw scored two tries each. Arries added five conversions and replacement flyhalf Henrique Olivier one.

For Kenya, centre Jeffrey Oluoch, prop Meshack Tunnechi and utility back Nelson Sangura scored tries while scrum half Marlin Akoolo added one conversion.

In the curtain raiser, Zimbabwe beat Tunisia 51-21 in the third place play-off match.

It was still anyone’s match at halftime, with Zimbabwe holding a narrow 10-7 lead, but they turned up the tempo to run in eight tries for a comprehensive victory.

Zimbabwe’s try scorers were prop Farai Mudariki, wing Sean Coles, flanker Shepherd Mhembere, scrumhalf Sean Mwayera, and two tries by wing Tawanda Ngosi, centre Hugo de la Fargue and substitute scrum half Tinashe Gwigai.

Zimbabwean flyhalf Tafadzwa Mukonyora added one penalty and four conversions for a personal tally of 11 points.

For Tunisia, flanker Gares Kamel, wing Dhieddine Garali and centre Mohamad Ben Khlifa scored tries while flyhalf Sofiene Ben Aicha added two conversions and replacement flyhalf Elyes Boughanmi one.

Source : The Namibian