Simbas fall short in quest for direct World Cup ticket


Kenya simbas Nyambua George outpaces Jammie Tsang (R) and Ben Higgins during their test match ...
Kenya simbas Nyambua George outpaces Jammie Tsang (R) and Ben Higgins during their test match at the RFUEA Grounds on august 20, 2017. The match ended 19-19. Photo/Oliver Ananda/www.sportpicha.com

In Summary

  • Kenya Rugby 15’s dream of earning a direct ticket to the 2019 Rugby World Cup finals set for Japan were nipped in the bud on Saturday after losing 53-28 to Namibia at the Windhoek Stadium.
  • The champions qualify for the World Cup as Africa number one, joining New Zealand, South Africa, Italy and a Repechage qualifier.

Kenya Rugby 15’s dream of earning a direct ticket to the 2019 Rugby World Cup finals set for Japan were nipped in the bud on Saturday after losing 53-28 to Namibia at the Windhoek Stadium.

The champions qualify for the World Cup as Africa number one, joining New Zealand, South Africa, Italy and a Repechage qualifier.

Now Simbas will have to face Canada, Germany and Hong Kong in France in November 11 for a global Repechage qualification tournament.

At the Windhoek Stadium, Willy Ambaka scored a double while Malcom Onsando and Mohammed Omollo added the third and fourth tries against Namibia’s seven tries, a penalty and four conversions.

Ian Snook’s charges went to the match needing a win to get a direct qualification but fell 22-7 by halftime as the visitors confirmed a direct qualification to Japan.

Kenya defeated Zimbabwe, Tunisia, Morocco and Uganda but lost to Namibia, the fourth time in a row, failing to earn the cherished direct ticket to the world showpiece .The match also doubled up as a season finale for the Africa Rugby Gold Cup.

 

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