Kenya loose to Namibia in 2007 Rugby World Cup qualifier


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May 28 2006


Namibia started their World Cup 2007 campaign with an impressive 84-12 victory against Kenya at the Hage Geingob Stadium in Windhoek on May 27.
Playing an expansive 15-man game, Namibia attacked the visitors from the start to build up a 35-0 lead at halftime. The onslaught continued after the break as Namibia eventually ran in 12 tries, with Kenya scoring two late tries against the run of play.
Namibias flyhalf Morne Schreuder had a great day with the boot, converting all 12 tries and missing with only one penalty attempt for a personal tally of 24 points.
Namibias pack of forwards, led by the massive prop Kees Lensing, dominated the scrums from the start and regularly pushed Kenya off the ball. Namibia also dominated the lineouts where Wacca Kazombaize, Heino Senekal and Sean Furter reigned supreme.
Namibias backline looked sharp and speedy with fullback Heini Bock and left wing Melrick Africa impressing with their speedy counter-attacks.
Namibias loose trio of Herman Lintvelt, Michael Mckenzie and Sean Furter was outstanding, with especially Lintvelt creating numerous chances with his rampaging runs.
Kenya managed to hold out till the 12th minute when Namibian prop Deon van den Berg went over for the first try after displaying a deft turn of speed. Barely a minute later Van den Berg crashed over for his second try, and when Melrick Africa went over unopposed from a backline movement three minutes later, Namibia had effectively sealed the victory.
Further tries by Lintvelt and centre Corne Powell gave Namibia a 35-0 lead at halftime with Schreuder adding all the conversions.
The deluge continued within seconds of the restart when Africa burst over for his second try in the left hand corner.
Sean Furter touched down next, after a fine break by Africa, while Lintvelt burst over from a 5m penalty for his second try.
Kenya finally opened their account when fullback Oscar Osit intercepted the ball and went over unopposed to add the conversion as well.
But back came Namibia with flanker Michael McKenzie bursting over from a 5m penalty, while replacement back Roger Thompson went over unopposed after a quick lineout throw-in.


Namibia added two more tries by Heini Bock and replacement hooker JM Meyer, while Kenya scored a second try through wing Dan Weku who burst down the left hand touchline to score in the corner.

Venter particularly proud of forwards

Namibian coach Johan Venter was very satisfied with his teams display, saying that he was particularly proud of his forwards. But he acknowledged that the next qualifier against Tunisia would be a completely different ball game.
Tunisia are very tough up front, although they dont have the flair of the Kenyans. I will consider some more Namibians playing in South Africa for the Tunisia game, but that does not mean that I will discard this team. They are the ones in possession now,? he said.
Namibian captain Kees Lensing said he was satisfied with his teams performance, considering that they only had a week to train together for the match.
They gave everything that was asked of them,? he said.
Our next matches against Tunisia and Morocco will be a completely different story. We still have lots of hard work ahead, and we will definitely have to work on our fitness  myself included,? he said.