Namibia thrash Madagascar to qualify for World Cup
July 6, 2014
Namibia celebrate their World Cup qualification © IRB
Namibia secured a place in the 2015 Rugby World Cup thanks to a comfortable 89-10 win over Madagascar in Antananarivo on Sunday.
Namibia went into the match knowing they required a 53-point winning margin to secure the top spot in the Africa Cup Division, a spot which would see and go through to Pool C of the World Cup in the process. In the end, they managed to rack up that tally before half-time and crossed for 13 tries in total with fly-half Theuns Kotze converting 12.
They were nine tries to the good and 63-0 up after 40 minutes with David Philander a menacing presence in their backline and Renaldo Bothma dominating at No8. The scoring rate continued in the second-half with Namibia adding four more while the hosts had something to cheer with a try of their own. Namibia will now go into a World Cup Pool featuring New Zealand, Argentina, Tonga and Georgia.
Namibia captain Rohan Kitshoff said: "It has been a remarkable day and we are so pleased to have made it to England 2015. This is for the players and coaches who believed, the fans who have given us such support, and for the people of Namibia.
"We go to England 2015 full of expectation and are determined to do ourselves, our nation and African rugby proud."
Earlier, Zimbabwe stunned Kenya with a three-try 28-10 win which sees them go into the World Cup repechage where they will play Russia in Siberia. The winner of that game will play either Hong Kong or Uruguay in a two-legged play-off for the final spot at England next year.
It was Kenya who went into the game as favourites as they needed just two points to secure automatic qualification for next year's global tournament but Zimbabwe, who had fly-half Guy Cronje in inspired form, dominated the match from start to finish.
It was Zimbabwe who took an early 6-3 lead in the match but Kenya drew first blood when Sevens star Humphrey Kayange cut a lovely line to put Kenya 10-6 ahead. But Zimbabwe went into the break ahead when Riann O'Neill sniped over from close range following a five-metre lineout.
In the second 40, Zimbabwe turned the screw and tries from Hilton Mudariki and Cronje gave them what proved to be an unassailable lead. Cronje slotted a late penalty and despite relentless Kenyan pressure on the Zimbabwean line late on, it was Daniel Hondo's side who secured their 11th win in 16 against Kenya.
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