Rugby Cranes Finish Fifth, Namibia Qualify For World Cup

The 2022 Rugby Africa acted as Qualifiers for the World Cup. Courtesy photo

Sunday, July 10
Ivory Coast 17-18 Uganda

Rugby Cranes finished their 2022 Africa Cup campaign on a high despite falling to book a ticket to the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

Uganda finished fifth after beating Ivory Coast in a playoff final on Sunday at the Stade Maurice David, Aix-en-Provence.

A try from Solomon Okia and Ivan Magomu penalty handed Uganda a 8-7 lead at halftime.

Conrad Wanyama scored another brilliant try after side-stepping an opponent before finishing off with a brilliant try which was converted by captain Magomu.

Joseph Aredo scored a drop goal later on to give Fred Mudoola’s side an edge in a tournament that was played in South of France.

 

The 18-17 win means Uganda finish fifth – having beaten Senegal 30-29 in Stade Delort in Marseille on July 6.

Uganda had earlier lost their quarterfinals tie against Kenya 42-07 on July 2, a result that ended their World Cup dream.

Kenya who went all the way to the final, were on Sunday humbled by favourites Namibia 36-00.

Wian Conradie led the way with a hat-trick of tries while captain Johan Deysel also scored one try at Aix-en-Provence on Sunday.

Victory ensures that Namibia will return to France next year for Rugby World Cup 2023, where they will take their place in Pool A as Africa 1.

They will join hosts France, New Zealand, Italy and Uruguay in Pool A of the tournament which will take place next autumn.

It’s Namibia’s seventh successive appearance in the World Cup since 1999.

Kenya will however seek to qualify for the World Cup in the Final Qualification Tournament in November.

Uganda will return to action later on against Kenya in the Elgon Cup while their Sevens team have Commonwealth games (Birmingham) and Seven Rugby World Cup (South Africa) next.

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