RUGBY AFRICA CUP

Rugby Africa Cup Pool A and B final standings

Rugby Africa Pool A and B matches were concluded on Sunday 11 July with four sides proceeding to the 2022 Rugby World Cup qualifiers quarterfinal.

Kenya Simbas reached the quarters after grabbing the second spot in pool B. Paul Odera charges thrashed Zambia 45-8 to pick the first win in 2021 which earned them five points having scored more than four tries. They had collected a losing bonus point in the defeat to Senegal hence ending their pool matches with six points.

The Simbas will have a date with Pool C winners in the 2022 quarters. Pool C consists Uganda Cranes, Ghana and Algeria. Cranes kicked off their campaign in Pool C with a 53-12 win over Ghana.

Senegal qualified for the quarters as Pool B table-toppers after registering a 100% win record. The side finished top with eight points after a 20-19 win over Kenya Simbas and a 20-5 win over Zambia. They scored 40 points and conceded 24 in the two matches. The West Africans failed to earn a bonus point in their wins.

They will face Pool C runners up in the 2022 Quarters as they continue with the chase for the 2023 Rugby World Cup ticket.

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Despite going down to Ivory Coast in Pool A opener, Namibia head to the quarters as Pool winners. The Welwitschias proceeded to the last eight thanks to their 52-10 win over Madagascar which earned them five points. With 65 points scored and 34 conceded, Namibia edged Ivory Coast to the top spot due to superior point difference.

The side will now face Pool D runners up in the quarter-final as they seek to qualify for the World Cup for the seventh time in a row.

Ivory Coast suffered a loss to Madagascar on Sunday but picked a losing bonus point in the defeat. The Elephants ended their pool A campaign with five points having earlier beaten Namibia to collect four points. Madagascar managed four points in the pool.

The Elephants will tackle Pool D winners in the 2022 quarters. Pool D has Zimbabwe Sables, Burkina Faso and Tunisia.

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Pools

Pool A: Namibia, Madagascar, Cote d’Ivoire (hosted in Abidjan Ivory Coast)

Pool B: Kenya, Senegal, Zambia (hosted in Kenya)

Pool C: Uganda, Algeria Ghana (hosted in Kampala, Uganda)

Pool D: Tunisia, Zimbabwe, Burkina Faso (TBC)

Fixtures and results

Saturday 3 July 2021

Pool A: Namibia 13-24 Ivory Coast – Abidjan

Pool B: Kenya Simbas 19-20 Senegal -Nairobi

Wednesday 7 July 2021

Pool A: Namibia 52-10 Madagascar -Abidjan

Pool B: Senegal 20-5 Zambia – Nairobi

Saturday 10 July

Pool C: Uganda Cranes 53-12 Ghana -Kampala

Pool D: Burkina Faso vs Tunisia-TBC

Sunday 11 July

Pool A: Ivory Coast 19–24 Madagascar – Abidjan

Pool B: Kenya Simbas 45-8 Zambia – Nairobi

Wednesday 14 July 2021

Pool C: Ghana vs Algeria – Kampala

Pool D: Burkina Faso vs Zimbabwe Sables- TBC

Sunday 18 July 2021

Pool C: Uganda vs Algeria

Pool D: Tunisia vs Zimbabwe

2022 Rugby Africa Cup (World Cup qualifiers)

Quarterfinal 1: Namibia vs Pool D2

Quarterfinal 2: Pool D1 vs Ivory Coast

Quarterfinal 3: Senegal vs Pool C2

Quarterfinal 4: Pool C1 vs Kenya Simbas

Semi-finals

Semi 1

Winner QF1vs Winner QF2

Semi 2

Winner QF3 vs Winner QF4

Featured image courtesy/Denis Acre-Half

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