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.
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.
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
Winner QF1vs Winner QF2
Winner QF3 vs Winner QF4
Featured image courtesy/Denis Acre-Half