Namibia wins Barthés U-20 South Trophy

01 Apr 2018 14:40pm
WINDHOEK, 01 APR (NAMPA) – Namibia’s national under 20 rugby team beat Kenya 37-18 in the final of the 2018 Barthés U-20 South Trophy at the Hage Geingob Stadium here on Saturday.
The host outscored their opponents by registering six tries of which two were converted and one penalty, while Kenya scored two tries, one conversion and two penalties.
Namibia’s try scorers were Pieter Diergaardt (two), Gershwin Mouton (two), Odrick Mouton and Chad Plato.
For Kenya, Joshua Macharia and Mark Mutuku scored the tries.
Kenya’s coach Paul Odera, who had retained the side that beat Madagascar 51-13 on Wednesday, said his side was beaten by a better organised and conditioned team.
“Their bench made the difference because everyone who came in brought a new dimension to the game which my boys failed to handle. Our tactics were to make sure that on attack we will have to play with speed and width through the 80 minutes,” he said.
He added that Namibia is setting the standard in Africa on both senior and junior level.
Odera said having lost to the same opponents 66-24 in the final last year, he felt they have improved this year.
Namibian coach Rodger Hesron Thompson said it was a tough game for his boys as their opponents keep on improving every year.
“We are rebuilding a young team again; we lost about 15 boys that went to Uruguay last year (World Rugby U20 Trophy). We are rebuilding with a lot of youngsters this year that is why the transition was not good today,” he said.
Thompson paid tribute to Kenya who challenged Namibia. He was, however, not pleased with his side’s “indiscipline” which led to penalties.
Meanwhile, Zimbabwe beat Madagascar 100-15 in a one-sided match to clinch third position and atone for their 27-17 defeat to the eventual tournament winners, Namibia.
Namibia will now face Tunisia - the winner of the Barthes U-20 North Trophy – later in April for Africa’s sole ticket to the 2018 Junior World Rugby Trophy in a country yet to be announced.
The winner of the 2018 Junior World Rugby Trophy qualifies for the World U-20 Championship.