NAMIBIA’S UNDER-20 RUGBY TEAM TO PLAY KENYA IN FINAL OF BARTHES U-20 TROPHY

WINDHOEK — The Namibian under-20 rugby team will face Kenya in the final of the Barthes U-20 Trophy which is taking place in Namibia from April 28 to 31, 2018.

The competition was renamed in 2016 in honour of the late Jean-Luc Barthes, who worked as Rugby Service Manager for Africa at World Rugby for 14 years.

The winner of the Barthes U-20 Trophy qualifies for the Junior World Trophy, whose winner in turn qualifies for the World U-20 Championship.

In the opening matches here on Wednesday, Kenya became the first team to qualify for the final of the four- nations competition after they thrashed Madagascar 51-13 in the opening match.

Host nation Namibia played the second match of the day, which was not a walk in the park as a resilient Zimbabwe pulled out all the stops. However, Namibia dug deep and managed to win the match 27-17 for another appearance in the final.

Namibia?s tries were scored by Elmarco Beukes (two tries) and Ludik (one), while Denzo Bruwer added three conversions and two penalties. Zimbabwe?s tries were scored by Cleopas Kundiona and Tonderai Chiwambutsa, while Timotenda Mavesere added a penalty and a conversion, and substitute Nigel Tinarwo added another conversion.

Namibia and Kenya will now play for the number one spot on Saturday, while Madagascar and Zimbabwe will clash in the third and fourth place play-off.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK