Namibia qualify forRugby World Cup

(IRB.COM) Wednesday 15 November 2006
 

Namibia has qualified for Rugby World Cup 2007 in France after recording a 27-8 victory over Morocco in Casablanca on Saturday.

The win follows Namibia’s 25-7 first leg triumph over Morocco in Windhoek, securing a 52-15 aggregate victory and a place at next year’s finals.

Namibia’s qualification means that all but four of the 20 teams for next year’s Tournament have been filled. Namibia qualifies as Africa 1 and joins the automatic qualifiers from RWC 2003 in Australia – quarter-finalists England, Australia, New Zealand, France, Ireland, Scotland, South Africa and Wales – and Samoa (Oceania 1), Fiji (Oceania 2), Argentina (Americas 1), Canada (Americas 2), USA (Americas 3), Italy (Europe 1) and Romania (Europe 2) in France.

Fly half Emile Wessels leveled the scores for the visitors with a long-range penalty after 25 minutes before the Namibian pack, making the most of the numerical advantage after Narjissi’s sending-off, drove flanker Herman Lindvert over the line for the opening score of the match on the stroke of half time.

After the interval it was all one way traffic as Namibia scored tries through full back Heini Bock and a brace by the highly-impressive Melrick Africa to open up a comfortable 27-3 advantage before Morocco scored a consolation try through replacement hooker Abdelkafi Abachri.

“I am delighted that we have achieved our goal of qualifying for Rugby World Cup 2007,” said Namibia Captain Kees Lensing. “Knowing that Morocco would throw everything at us we could not afford to defend our advantage. Therefore, I am really pleased that we played some positive Rugby and scored four tries in the process.”

“Our attention can now turn to Rugby World Cup 2007 preparations and ensuring that we go to France in good shape. We have a well balanced side containing both youth and experience and I am proud of everyone involved in the team today,” added Lensing.

Morocco must now play the loser of the Portugal versus Georgia Europe Round 6 tie for a chance to take on Uruguay for the first repechage qualifying place.
Georgia overcame a battling Portugal 17-3 on home soil to take an early advantage in the play-off final for Europe's third automatic qualifying berth in France next year. Tomaz Morais' men will need to win by 15 points in the return fixture in Lisbon on 25 November in order to qualify automatically. 

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Georgia establish 14 point lead in Tblisi

Georgia overcame a battling Portugal 17-3 on home soil to take an early advantage in the play-off final for Europe's third automatic qualifying berth in France next year.

Tomaz Morais' men will need to win by 15 points in the return fixture in Lisbon on 25 November in order to qualify automatically. The loser from the tie will play Morocco for a chance to take on Uruguay for the first repechage qualifying place.