By our correspondent
Kenya U-20 rugby side, the Chipu beat defending champions Namibia 21-18 to lift the Barthes Trophy Cup at the final held at the Kenya Commercial Bank Sports ground in Nairobi on Sunday April 7,2019.
The victory handed Kenya the slot to represent Africa in the Junior World Rugby Trophy in Brazil from July 9th to 21st July.
Delron Brandt gave Namibia 6-0 lead by drilling in two penalty kicks in the first ten minutes but Kenya replied with a try courtesy of Brian Amaitsa aggression on attack saw him fend off two defenders and head for the in goal area
Exactly 24 minutes after Amaitsa’s try and off a break down, flyhalf Michele Brighetti send the ball wide to land in Beldad Ogeta’s hands and he dashed for the try box extending Chipu’s lead to 10-6 at the breather.
In the second half, Chipu’s infringement in their 5M resulted in Namibia’s Shaun Van Wyk landing their first try and they took the 11-10 lead. A repeated offense by Chipu saw them reduced to eleven played but they kept their cool and earned themselves a penalty at the opponents 22. Andrew Matoka split the posts beautifully, Chipu taking the 13-1 lead with 20 minutes left on the clock.
Namibia added seven points through Brandt’s try in the 67th minute and a conversion, Namibia now holding the 18-13 lead over Chipu. Bonface Ochieng, Chipu’s Captain landed the try that leveled the scores to 18 a piece off a rolling maul, Dominic Coulson’s kick sailing wide.
With three minutes left on the clock, full back and man of the match Andrew Matoka drilled in the winning penalty kick 40Ms off Namibia’s try line. Chipu taking the 21-18 lead.
Namibia’s attempt at scoring a try while deep in Chipu’s half was unsuccessful as Chipu won the turnover. They’d then kick the ball out claiming their first win ever over Namibia. END.