In Summary

  • Kenya Simbas captain Wilson K'Opondo believes the team will need to work twice as hard to stand any chance of making it to the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.
  • K’Opondo and his teammates fell to a crushing 45-7 loss away to Nambia in their final 2017 Rugby Africa Gold Cup match at the Hage Geingob Stadium in Windhoek on Saturday evening.
  • The result saw Kenya fail in their bid to wrestle the cup from the Welwitschias who secured the title for the fourth year in a row.

Kenya Simbas captain Wilson K'Opondo believes the team will need to work twice as hard to stand any chance of making it to the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

K’Opondo and his teammates fell to a crushing 45-7 loss away to Nambia in their final 2017 Rugby Africa Gold Cup match at the Hage Geingob Stadium in Windhoek on Saturday evening.

The result saw Kenya fail in their bid to wrestle the cup from the Welwitschias who secured the title for the fourth year in a row. Namibia ran in seven tries with five conversions against Kenya's converted try. By winning with more than three clear tries, Namibia bagged five points as Kenya left with nothing.

The hosts topped with 25 points after wins against Uganda, Zimbabwe, Tunisia and Senegal as Kenya finish with 16 points, winning thrice and a draw alongside the loss to Namibia. And the skipper believes the team did not stick to script in Windhoek.

“It was a really rough outing and we did not play according to plan, we had some uncharacteristic mistakes which they were quick to capitalize on and they didn’t’ give us anything,” K’Opondo said in his post-match comments after the match.

The skipper admitted his disappointment at not been able to end their losing streak to Namibia despite the team’s efforts. Namibia have won this fixture by scores of 56 – 21 and 46 – 13 in the last two years.

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