THE Zimbabwe Under-20 rugby workforce placed on a exceptional efficiency to beat rivals Namibia in a tightly contested closing to win the Rugby Africa Under-20 Barthes Trophy on the Nyayo International Stadium in Nairobi on Sunday
The win towards Namibia was the Young Sables’ third within the competitors after edging Tunisia within the quarter-finals earlier than knocking out Madagascar within the semis.
By successful the Rugby Africa U20 Barthes Trophy, the Junior Sables earned the ticket to characterize Africa at subsequent 12 months’s World Rugby Under 20 Trophy.
The Junior Sables, who final received the competitors in 2011 have been the underdogs heading into the ultimate towards a powerful Namibian aspect that knocked out the hosts and defending champions Kenya within the semifinals.
History was additionally not on the Zimbabwe aspect, who had misplaced to their Southern African neighbours 5 occasions in finals because the inaugural version of the event in 2007.
However, the Shaun de Souza-coached aspect confounded expectations by placing on a dominant efficiency within the decisive encounter.
Namibia who beat Kenya 16-5 within the semis started the match on a brilliant observe, incomes an early penalty that was transformed by Riaan Grove for a 3-0 lead.
Zimbabwe shortly responded with their very own penalty transformed by Brendan Marume to stage issues and afterward earned a primary attempt of the sport to stretch their result in 8-3. Left-wing Liberty Sibanda managed to get some area within the Namibia defence and his trickery was sufficient handy Zimbabwe their first attempt of the sport
An infringement by Zimbabwe allowed Namibia to attain yet one more penalty by Geraldo Beukes however Takudzwa Musingwini scored yet one more attempt for Zimbabwe to take an 11-6 halftime lead.
Another penalty kick within the second half by Namibia decreased the arrears to 2 factors with Beukes scoring one other penalty for Namibia. An excellent interchange down the left flank launched Panashe Zuze who scored Zimbabwe’s second attempt which proved too important within the recreation.
With the scores at 16-14, the sport witnessed a nervy ending however a penalty for Zimbabwe eased strain on the Zimbabweans.
A late surge by Namibia was not sufficient nearly as good defensive play by Zimbabwe ensured that they soaked within the strain to the final minute and seal the 2022 Barthes Trophy.
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