Zimbabwe qualify for JWRT 2011

(IRB.COM) Friday 30 July 2010
 Zimbabwe qualify for JWRT 2011
Marcellin Zahui, Côte d'Ivoire Rugby Union President, presents the CAR U19 trophy to Zimbabwe's Marcos Mama

Jakakasi Tatanoa scored two tries in the CAR U19 final to help Zimbabwe beat Namibia 29-15 in Abidjan and secure qualification for next year's Junior World Rugby Trophy.

Having finished seventh in this year's JWRT in Moscow after a 46-22 victory over Papua New Guinea in the seventh place play-off, Zimbabwe came from behind in the CAR U19 final to book their place at next year's tournament.

Zimbabwe opened the scoring through a Nelson Thomas penalty, but it was Namibia who scored the first try of the match through Otto Royal.

Thomas and Diergaardt Chase exchanged penalties to make the score 8-6 to Namibia, and Tjirare Tjihoohona extended the lead with the second try of the match, which Chase converted to take the score to 15-6.

Chase's conversion was the last time Namibia troubled the scoreline, however, as Zimbabwe scored 23 unanswered points to take the title.

Tatanoa scored the first of his two tries just before half time, before Zimbudzana Farai crossed seconds after the restart to gain the lead.

Thomas converted Farai's try and added a further penalty after 51 minutes, before Tatanoa added his second to take the score to 26-15. Thomas took his match tally to 14 points with his fourth penalty as Zimbabwe held on to lift the trophy in a memorable final.

Earlier Zimbabwe had beaten Uganda 29 to reach the final, whilst Namibia edged Tunisia 15-11. Tunisia won the third place play-off, beating Uganda 32-7.

Final Standings:

1- Zimbabwe (qualified to JWRT 2011)
2- Namibia
3- Tunisia
4- Uganda
5- Morocco
6- Kenya
7- Ivory Coast
8- Zambia