Welwitschias win Africa Cup Division 1A Trophy

07 Aug 2016 22:30pm
WINDHOEK, 07 AUG (NAMPA) – Namibia'’s senior national rugby team won the 2016 Africa Cup Division 1A on Saturday after thrashing Zimbabwe 60-22 at the Hage Geingob Stadium.
This was the Welwitschias’ third match in the competition, following a 40-31 win over Uganda and a 56-21 win over Kenya a month ago.
On Saturday they scored nine tries and a penalty try to be crowned the winner of the highest-rated group in the continental rugby.
Namibia has now won the Africa Cup Division 1A trophy six times since its establishment in 2000.
The Namibian outfit went into the match on Saturday the hungrier and stronger side as they just took 10 minutes to open the scoring with a Theuns Kotze penalty. The first try in the game was scored by Johan Tromp in the 14th minute with a brilliant run through the Zimbabwean defence.
Before the half-time break the Welwitschias ran in three more tries through Rohan Kitshoff, Tromp scored the second and team captain Renaldo Botman also scored a try. Kotze converted from two of the three tries to give the home side a half-time score of 29-03.
In the second half the Welwitschias continued where they left off when they scored a penalty try just two minutes into the half.
JC Greyling, Gino Wilson, Thorsten van Jaarsveld, Brian Makamure and Justin Nel also ran in their individual tries on the day and Kotze converted from three of the tries and missed twice.
The visitors scored three tries on the day, plus a penalty. They only converted twice from the three tries to give them a 60-22 score. Zimbabwe finished last in the group of four team which included Uganda and Kenya.
Speaking to the media after the game, team captain Botman said the team played well but credit should be given to the coaching staff, management and the supporters who came out in numbers to cheer the team on.