Welwitschias thrash Kenya in Africa Cup

17 Jul 2016 12:50pm
WINDHOEK, 17 JUL (NAMPA) – Namibia’s senior national rugby team defeated Kenya 56-21 in a 2016 Africa Cup Division 1A match at the Hage Geingob Stadium on Saturday.
It is the Welwitschias’ second victory in the competition, following a 40-31 win over Uganda some two weeks ago.
On Saturday, the Namibians opened the scoring as early as the third minute through a try by captain Tjiuee Uanivi and a Theuns Kotze conversion.
The Welwitschias ran in five more tires through Chrysander Botha in the sixth minute; Rohan Kitshoff in the 15th minute; Gino Wilson in the 18th minute, and Tinus du Plessis’ two tries in the 23rd minute and 28th minute, respectively.
Kotze converted each try, giving his side a 42-0 lead.
The visitors’ first points came through a try in the 32nd minute by Isaac Adimo and conversion by Darwin Mukidza to end the first half 42-07.
Namibia’s Russel van Wyk extended his team’s lead with his try in the 46th minute of the game and Johan Deysel ran in the Welwitschias’ last try of the day in the 58th minute. Kotze converted from both tries, extending Namibia’s points to 56.
The Kenyan outfit scored their second try through James Kangethe in the 62nd minute and Fabian Olando converted. Their last try of the game came in the 71st minute through Kangethe and Dan Sikuta converted to end the game on 21 points.
Speaking to the media after the game, Uanivi said they played well in the first half but after a number of changes to the team at half time, they found it hard to dominate Kenya, but he was happy they got the much-needed results.
Namibia will play their next match in the tournament against Zimbabwe on 06 August at the same stadium.
The winner of Division 1A, which is the highest-rated group, will be crowned Africa Cup champion.
There are 23 nations playing in the 2016 Africa Cup. They are split into several divisions.
The Africa Cup is an annual rugby union tournament organised by Rugby Africa.
Namibia has won the cup five times since its establishment in 2000.