Kenya, Zimbabwe make winning rugby starts
Yes, soccer (football) is pretty big in Namibia, but so is rugby. Though our own Namibian team doesn’t always do too well (due to the lack of training, money and players bought to play in South Africa) there is a lot of support for them… We can only hope we make it to the 2015 Rugby World Cup…
Antananarivo (AFP) – Kenya upset Namibia and Zimbabwe walloped hosts Madagascar on Saturday as the struggle to represent Africa at the 2015 Rugby World Cup began.
A try by Andrew Amonde midway through the second half earned Kenya a come-from-behind 29-22 victory over Namibia, who represented the continent at the past four editions of the quadrennial tournament.
Loose forward Jacques Leitao snatched four tries as Zimbabwe turned a seven-point half-time advantage into a 57-22 triumph over Madagascar before a 35,000 crowd at Stade Mahamasina.
Each country plays its three opponents once with the mini-league winners joining title-holders New Zealand, Argentina, Tonga and Georgia in Pool C.
The runners-up visit Siberia for a repechage semi-final against Russia and the victors tackle Uruguay or Hong Kong for a Pool A slot beside England, Australia, Wales and Fiji.
Pre-tournament favourites Namibia started impressively with two Heinrich Smit tries inside 12 minutes…
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