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Kenya vs Namibia: Who needs what?
By Eric Njiru | Sat 18 Aug, 2018 11:42

Kenya know victory over Namibia in Windhoek on Saturday will secure their place at Japan 2019 rather than entering the global repechage in November.

So who needs what to qualify directly to Japan or go through France -repehcage? 

If Namibia wins the match then they qualify for the RWC regardless of bonus points-
Namibia : 24 points / Kenya : 17 points (plus bonus points if applicable but Namibia will still have the lead). 

If Kenya wins the match then they qualify for the RWC regardless of bonus points -
Namibia : 20 points or 21 points with a defensive bonus points / Kenya : 21 points or 22 points with an attacking bonus point 

So in case both teams end up with 21 points each, the winner of the match involving both teams wins the tournament, hence in this scenario Kenya would win. 

That means the winner of Saturday’s match is the winner of the Gold Cup and there will be no a situation where the loser of the match could still be the winner of the competition.

The 2018 Africa Gold Cup is doubling up as qualifier for 2019 Rugby World Cup to be held in Japan with the competition's winner getting the sole ticket as Africa 1 where  they will join defending champions New Zealand, South Africa, Italy and repechage winner in pool B.

Runners-up, Africa 2, will head to global repechage in France during the November test window for the last chance to qualify for the World Cup. They will play Canada, Germany and Hong Kong.

Africa Gold Cup Standings

1.Namibia 20 
2.Kenya 17 
3.Uganda 9 
4.Tunisia 4 
5.Morocco 3 
6. Zimbabwe 3

August 18- last round fixtures
Uganda vs Zimbabwe
Namibia vs Kenya
Tunisia vs Morocco

Eric Njiru
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