Chipu return home with vital lessons learnt from loss to Namibia

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Chipu returned to the country on Monday evening from the Africa U20 championships where they finished as the second best side at the tournament following a 24-66 final loss to Namibia in the final on Sunday.

The side had earlier beaten Zimbabwe 34-24 in the semifinal to reach the final. Despite the loss, and missing out on Africa’s sole ticket to the 2018 Junior World Rugby Trophy, the team’s management drew positives from the outing. Team Manager Jimmny Mnene said, “The final was tough, but there were great lessons picked up. This was good exposure for the lads.”

Kenya trailed  19-0 minutes in the first half, but got on the scoreboard courtesy of flanker Stanley Isogol try with Henry Ayah adding the extras to reduce the arrears to 19-7. They made another try through Victor Matiko with the conversion sailing wide. Moments to Half time, Namibia extended their lead to 26-12.

Enter second half, Namibia got in two converted tries before Kenya bounced back with two tries by Stephen Keter and Charles Tendwa as Fullback Joshua Mwangi converted Tendwa’s try. Namibia managed to drill in a try in between the two Kenyan tries as the scoreboard now read Chipu 24 – Namibia 47. Namibia’s dominance saw them add 19 extra points bringing the score to 24-66 at full time.

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