Kenya U20 squad narrowly beat champions Namibia 21-18 to lift the Barthes Cup Trophy for the first time and consequently qualified for the Junior rugby trophy in Brazil.
Kenya needed a late penalty from Strathmore University’s Andrew Matoka to overcome the resilient Namibia side who have won it for the last three tournaments.
The visitors were first to strike from the penalty spot after an infringement in the break down by a Chipu player. DeLron Brandt split the uprights for a 3-0 lead.
Brandt was up to the task again to drill in another three-pointer soon afterward to extend Namibia’s lead to 6-0.
Chipu would open their scoring account through a Brian Amaitsa try after the loose forward broke the Namibia defence line to race a clear 20 meters to touch down Kenya’s first. James Mcgreevy missing the conversion for a 5-6 scoreline.
Andrew Matoka would come close to putting Kenya ahead had his penalty kick not bounced off the uprights. Namibia’s next penalty bounced off the crossbar to leave scores at 5-6.
It was Chipu who led at the breather after Beldad Ogeta produced a clean pair of heels to race away from his own half to score near the posts, Matoka missing to add the extras for a 10-6 lead.
The final half started rather slowly, Namibia scoring their first through Shaun Van Wik who shrugged off the attention of two defenders to stretch over the line, Brandt missing the extras to leave the scores at 10-11.
Chipu’s Matoka would then show why he earned the call up with a penalty from nearly 40 yards out to give Kenya the lead.
The lead would be short lived as two of Kenya’s forwards were sent to the sin bin, allowing Brandt to score for Namibia, Denzo Bruwer adding the twos for a 13-18 lead.
A numerically disadvantaged Kenya then hit back from a rolling mall, Mcgreevy’s conversion sailing wide to level the scores at 18-18.
Matoka then drilled home a penalty that would prove to be the decider, Kenya going on to win 21-18. It was Kenya’s first win over Namibia.
Chipu squad : Ian Njenga, Bonface Ochieng, Rotuk Rahedi, Emmaneul Silungi, Ibrahim Ayoo, James Mcgreevy, Brian Amaitsa, Sheldon Kahi, Samuel Asati, Michele Brighetti, Beldad Ogeta, Dominic Coulson, George Maranga, Geoffrey Okwach, Andrew Matoka
Wilfred Waswa, Collins Obure, Ian Masheti, Frank Aduda, Samuel Osongo, George Kiryazi, Barry Robinson, Owain Ashley
1.FrederiK Swanepoel, 2. Chemigan Buekes, 3. Cierhard Opperman4. Adriaan Vente, 5. Brendan Nortje, 6. Shaun Van Wik, 7.Roaldo Rittmann 8. Ciiland Plaatjie, 9. Jacques Theron, 10. Delron Brandt, 11.Le Roux Booysen, 12. Denzo Bruwer, 13 Elmarco Beukes, 14 Darryl Welman, 15.Aljerreau Zoahl,
16 Adrian Esterhuizen 16.Bjorn Asmundsson, 18 Iyaloo John, 19. Martinus Nekundi, 20 Francois Visage, 21. Willon Du Plessis 22. Zinzan SteenKamp, 23 Johannes Mwenyo