Namibia stay on course for RWC 2015

(IRB.COM) Monday 17 June 2013
Namibia stay on course for RWC 2015
Namibia celebrate their return to the top flight of the Africa Cup

Namibia remain in the hunt for a place at Rugby World Cup 2015 after beating Tunisia 45-13 to win the Africa Cup Division 1B title and earn promotion to the top tier for next year when the Africa 1 qualifier will be determined.

The Welwitschias, bidding to qualify for a fifth successive Rugby World Cup, outscored Tunisia by five tries to one at the Stade Iba Mar Doip in Dakar with Chrysander Botha (2), Rohan Kitshoff and Heinrich Smith dotting down with each side awarded a penalty try.

The win means Namibia will replace the side finishing bottom of Division 1A – involving Kenya, Zimbabwe, Uganda and hosts Madagascar – which takes place next month and keep alive their hopes of a place at England 2015.

Namibia had booked their place in the Division 1B final by beating Senegal 35-12 earlier in the week, Botha again crossing for a try in the win with Hendrik Dames (2) and David Philander also getting their name on the board.

Tunisia had been equally impressive in reaching the title decider, scoring six tries in a 43-12 victory over Botswana, the side promoted from Division 1C last year, with Haithem Chelly, Mohamed Chargui (2), Abbes Kherfani, Chemseddine Khalifa and Jabri Chadi the Tunisian try-scorers.

The Tunisians had reached the Répechage for Rugby World Cup 2011 – missing out to eventual qualifiers Romania – but after relegation from the top division of the Africa Cup last year will now have to watch to see who will represent Africa at England 2015.