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Ambaka’s try voted best
By Patrick Korir | Wed 22 Aug, 2018 14:24

Namibia may have sealed a place in the 15s Rugby World Cup on Saturday 18 August at Windhoek with a 53-28 win over Kenya but one outstanding try against them by Kenya 7s flyer Willy Ambaka has been picked as the toast of all as the qualifiers wrapped on that day.

In only his second test appearance for Kenya at the 15s level, Kenya 7s star Ambaka timed well a low ball from substitute fly half Mohammed Omollo outside the 22, beat two markers and with great acceleration, topping it up with his trademark swing-in-swing-out step left full back Chrysander Botha for dead. He flattened cross covering fly half Gliven Loubser with a powered hand-off on his way to grounding Kenya's second try of the day.

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That try, and a Darwin Mukidza conversion brought the scores to 32-14 but Namibia went on to win the game 53-28 to retain the Gold Cup and head to the World Cup in Japan.

Other memorable tries on the final day fixtures, in terms of rank from second to fifth included those by Morocco's left winger Deblaoui Bachir against Morocco who dashed for a try after an intercept.

Chrysander Botha of Namibia had the third best try who was at the right place at the right time to pick a loose ball to find Namibia's first try amidst a heavy tackle from skipper Davies Chenge and inside centre Mukidza. It brought the scores to 8-7 before a successful conversion made it 10-7.

Zimbabwe centre Brendon Madivenga against Uganda in Kampala zoomed from mid pitch undeterred for a try for the fourth best of the weekend as Tunisia's front row Achraf Ben Hamouda had what was listed as the fifth best with a try at the corner.

In the final round of games, Zimbabwe beat Uganda 38-18 for their first win in 14 months ending an eight-game winless streak.

In Tunis, the host team relegated Morocco to the Africa Silver Cup with a 36-13 win as the results in Windhoek sent Kenya to a four-nation repechage in Marseille, France against Germany, Canada and Hong Kong for a chance to grab the 20th and final World Cup spot.

Patrick Korir
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