Namibia claims the Rugby Africa Gold Cup title with a convincing win over rivals Kenya, while Tunisia shock Zimbabwe to climb six places in the World Rugby Rankings and stay in the hunt for a place at RWC 2019.
Namibia won the Africa Gold Cup for the fourth year in a row with a commanding 45-7 victory against Kenya in Windhoek on Saturday.
Namibia led 14-0 at the break and eventually ran in seven tries in a sparkling display of attacking, running rugby.
— World Rugby (@WorldRugby) July 31, 2017
It was the Welwitschias’ fifth consecutive bonus-point win of the campaign and easily their best performance considering the opposition.
Explosive winger David Philander scored two tries, while Chrysander Botha, JC Greyling, Casper Viviers, Leslie Klim and Cliven Loubser scored one try each. Loubser added four conversions for a personal tally of 13 points, while substitute fly half Theuns Kotze added one conversion.
Philander won the man of the match award.
Philander opened the scoring, dotting down a grubber kick by Loubser, while Chrysander Botha scored their second after a fine break by the impressive Loubser, The Namibian further reports.
Loubser crossed for Namibia’s third try shortly after the restart as they stretched further in front before JC Greyling secured the bonus point with their fourth try of the match.
Moses Amusala finally got Kenya on the board with a try that David Mukidza converted, but that was as good as it got for the Simbas as Namibia rounded off another successful campaign in style by scoring 19 unanswered points.
Philander crossed for his second before Casper Viviers and Les Klim got in on the act with Loubser slotting two conversions for the 45-7 full-time score.
Namibia’s victory was worth 0.67 of a rating point, taking them on to 61.40 points. They stay in 21st place with Kenya still four places back in 25th.