Namibia emerged as winners of an astonishing final round of Confederation Africaine de Rugby Division 1A, to qualify for the Rugby World Cup in England next year.
Earlier in the day, Zimbabwe beat Kenya 28-10 but the lack of a bonus point for either side meant that the door was left ajar for the Namibians to sneak in and qualify. Still, their task was enormous – not just to beat hosts Madagascar, but to win by 53 points.
Having competed at ever World Cup since 1999, however, clearly spurred them on to not miss out on next year’s tournament, and they ended up crushing Madagascar 89-10, to book their place in Pool C alongside New Zealand, Argentina, Tonga and Georgia.
Zimbabwe’s win over Kenya saw them do enough to enter the Repechage, where they will play Russia for a place in the Repechage final, with the last spot at the World Cup, and a place in hosts England’s pool, up for grabs.
It was a miserable day for Kenya, who looked like making history after winning both of their games so far, including against Namibia, and progressing to their first ever Rugby World Cup. The games were played out in front of the Webb Ellis Cup, which continued its tour around the world in Antananarivo.
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