Welwitschias beat Lions in Africa Cup match (The Namibia Press Agency)

The national senior rugby team the Welwitschias thrashed Kenya 46-13 here on Saturday at the Hage Geingob Stadium in an Africa Cup match.

The last time the two sides met was in the Rugby World Cup qualifiers in Madagascar.

Namibia lost the game 22-29 during the Confederation of African Rugby (CAR) tournament.

On Saturday here, Kenya opened the scoring in the early minutes of the game with a penalty by Dennis Huhanji. Namibian replied minutes later with Theuns Kotze also converting from the spot.

Namibia wing player David Philander then extended the home teams lead after he scored the first try of the game and Kotze converted.

Chrysander Botha and Philander still scored two more tries for the home team, which Kotze converted from both tries.

Kotze still scored another penalty for Namibia with Kenya’s Huhanji also scoring one for his team.

With the half-time whistle approaching Darrly de la Harpe score the last try of the first half for the home team but Kotze failed to convert.

The half time score was 30-6 for the home team.

In the second half Namibia opened the scoring with a penalty by Kotze and he then went on to score a penalty try.

Renaldo Coetzee scored the last try for Namibia in the game with just less than 15 minutes left in the game and Kotze converted.

The score was 46-6 for the home team.

In the last minutes of the game Kenya scored their only try of the game through Jacob Ojee who caught the Namibian defense off guard to score their only try and Huhanji converted.

The final score was 46-13.

Speaking to the media after the game Namibia’s captain Jacques Burger said the team is current in good spirits and they are looking forward to their first ever World Cup victory.

We prepared well for this game and when we came into the game we took our chances.

The score board showed good results, but the team still needs to improve on some certain aspects as the World Cup is more tougher than this, said Burger.

He added that currently the mood in the camp is positive and all the players are looking forward to playing and winning games for Namibia.

Kenya’s captain Brian Nyikuli said his side did not take their chances in the first half, but they are looking forward to playing Namibia again after the World Cup in their return leg.

Namibia will now play Zimbabwe in their next Africa Nation Match at the same venue on Saturday 15 August.