Rampant Namibia thrash Simbas in Windhoek
Trailing 42-7 at half time, national rugby team Simba XVs title hopes were crushed 56-21 at full time by rampant hosts Namibia in their second Confederation of Africa Rugby (CAR) Division 1A clash at Hage Geingob Stadium in Windhoek on Saturday.
It was dejavu for Jerome Paarwater’s side as the defending champions who denied them a ticket to the 2015 Rugby World Cup tore through the Kenyans to halt their recent momentum.
Seeking revenge against the side that pummeled them 13-46 last August Paarwaters named the same team that mauled Zimbabwe Sables 61-15 last weekend.
Ranked second in Africa, the home team ran riot in the first five minutes, scoring their opening try and converting for 7-0 and the score was double a minute later after the Namibians touched down after persistent pressure and successful ball distribution from the hosts backs.
Kenya Harlequin’s Dennis Muhanji who impressed in the savaging of the Sables last weekend lost possession easily in the 18th gifting the home team the fourth try for a 26-0 lead and they were 35-0 to the good in the 23rd and soon it was 42-0 as Simbas crumbled.
KCB’s Moses Amusala bumped off four Namibians resulting to their first try after Issac Adimo stepped through defenders after they sustained pressure with Darwin Mukidza converting the try to make it 42-7.
Paarwater rung changes in the second half that brought some bite to Simbas but it was too late for a comeback as they finally surrendered 56-21 at full time.
Kenya turn focus on the return leg of their Elgon Cup clash against Uganda on July 30.
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