Namibia won the Tri-Nations Rugby Series after beating Kenya 55-33 in the final match on Saturday.
It was Namibia’s second victory in the series after they had earlier beaten Zimbabwe 35-26.
In an attractive, fast flowing match, Kenya held a 25-15 lead at halftime but Namibia finished stronger and eventually ran in eight tries in a convincing victory.
Flanker Rohan Kitshoff and wing Johan Tromp each scored two tries, while centre Johan Deysel, wing Sergio de la Harpe and eighthman PJ van Lill scored one each while Namibia also got a penalty try. Namibian flyhalf Theuns Kotze added 15 points with the boot through six conversions and one penalty.
Kenya also got a penalty try, while wing Dennis Muhanji, fullback Isaac Adimo and substitute back Charles Owino scored tries. Flyhalf Kenny Andola added 15 points with the boot.
Kotze and Andola exchanged early penalties, before Kenya took the lead through a penalty try after a Namibian player obstructed a clear try.
Kenya impressed with their ball handling skills and used their speedy backline to good effect, as Dennis Muhanji was put away down the left wing for their second try, with Andola adding the conversion.
Namibia responded with a great rolling maul try by flanker Kitshoff after Tinus du Plessis had won a lineout, and although Andola stretched Kenya’s lead to 18-10 with a penalty, Namibia struck back from the kickoff in spectacular style as eighthman PJ van Lill broke through several tackles to touch down in the corner.
Kenya however had the final say in an exhilarating first half when Andola kicked the ball over Namibia’s tryline and Isaac Adimo raced through to touch the ball down ahead of Eugene Jantjies.
Namibia started the second half with a bang as Johan Tromp went over for a try after a fine run by flanker Tinus du Plessis, and with Kotze converting the deficit was just three points at 25-22.
Namibia took a 27-25 lead through a great solo try by winger Sergio de la Harpe who collected a poor clearance and dived over in the corner with two Kenyan defenders unable to stop him.
With Namibia’s pack starting to dominate the forward exchanges, they pressurised Kenya into mistakes and were awarded a penalty try after obstruction on Kenya’s tryline.
A penalty by Andola kept Kenya in the hunt at 34-28, but that’s the closest they got as Namibia raced away with three more tries.
Kitshoff went over for his second try after a quick counterattack by Chrysander Botha, debutant Johan Deysel touched down in the corner after being set up by Tromp, while Tromp added his second try with Kotze adding the conversion for a 55-28 lead.
Kenya however had the final say when Charles Owino touched down and with Andola converting, Namibia won the match 55-35.
Courtesy of allafrica.com
Written by Helge Schutz
Tagged under Tri-Nations