South Africa 24, Australia 16 in Johannesbourg (Tri Nations)

South Africa won by 8 points. I predicted South Africa by 3.


South Africa recorded a crucial win in Johannesbourg that may well save the coaching career of Jake White,






South Africa

15 JP Pietersen, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Jean de Villiers, 11 Wynand Olivier, 10 André Pretorius, 9 Fourie du Preez, 8 Pedrie Wannenburg, 7 AJ Venter, 6 Pierre Spies, 5 Victor Matfield, 4 Johann Muller, 3 BJ Botha, 2 John Smit, 1 Os du Randt.

Replacements: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Lawrence Sephaka, 18 Albert van den Berg, 19 Jacques Cronjé, 20 Ruan Pienaar, 21 Butch James, 22 Breyton Paulse.

Coach: Jake White



15 Chris Latham, 14 Clyde Rathbone, 13 Stirling Mortlock, 12 Matt Giteau, 11 Cameron Shepherd, 10 Stephen Larkham, 9 George Gregan (captain), 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Phil Waugh, 6 Rocky Elsom, 5 Dan Vickerman, 4 Nathan Sharpe, 3 Rodney Blake, 2 Jeremy Paul, 1 Benn Robinson.

Replacements: 16 Tai McIsaac, 17 Al Baxter, 18 Mark Chisholm, 19 George Smith, 20 Brett Sheehan, 21 Mark Gerrard, 22 Scott Staniforth.

Coach: John Donnolly


Referee: Steve Walsh (New Zealand)



05.08.2006 Australia 20-18 in Sydney (Tri Nations & Mandela Cup)

15.07.2006 Australia 49-0 in Brisbane (Tri Nations & Mandela Cup)

20.08.2005 South Africa 22-19 in Perth (Tri Nations)

30.07.2005 South Africa 22-16 in Pretoria (Tri Nations)

23.07.2005 South Africa 33-20 in Johannesberg (Mandela Cup)


GWC Rugby Rankings: World Table-South Africa 2nd, Australia 6th


Prediction: South Africa by 3 points


Kenya 30, Namibia 26 in Nairobi (WCQ Africa Rnd 2, Grp B; Africa Cup Grp B)

Kenya won by 4 points. I predicted Namibia by 25.



Kenya caused a big upset by beating Namibia 30-26 in a Rugby World Cup qualifier match at the Rugby Football Union of East Africa ground in Nairobi on September 9.


This was the first ever win for Kenya against Namibia and open ups up Group B with two crucial matches left.


Former captain Emmanuel Okoth who is now coach made seven changes to the team that was beaten 22-20 by Uganda in the Elgon Cup three weeks ago.


Kenya winger Dan Weku scored two tries while Lavin Asego, Mark Emitati and Paul Sadat added one each. Veteran Oscar Osir added a drop goal and substitute scrum half Moses Kola a conversion.


On the opposite end, Lu Wayne Botes scored two tries and Du Preez Grobler one. Fly half Morne Schreuder landed three penalties and one conversion.


The win exorcised a 84-12 hiding by Namibia on May 27 in Windhoek.


Woeful kicking and a strong rally by an ordinary Namibia side in the second half exposed some laxity by the hosts.


Kenya had a dream start with Weku scoring a try after only five minutes of play. Mark Emitati scored the second try and Weku sped for his second in the 17th minute. This rattled Namibia’s rhythm before Botes commenced the fight back with a try in the 38th minute.


The second half was Namibia’s as they virtually camped in Kenya’s half but poor finishing put paid to their efforts on a chilly afternoon at the RFUEA ground. When national seven-a-side captain Sidney Ashioya substituted Collins Injera, it was only a matter of time before Kenya sparkled again. Ashioya engineered the last try by Kenya speeding on the left before chipping over for his vice captain in the shorter version of the game to score under the posts.


Okoth was relieved but would like to have the UK-based Innocent Simiyu (Exeter), Lucas Onyango (Widnes Vikings) and Ted Omondi (Racing Club de France) for the match against Tunisia on September 23 in Tunis. “We have a good chance of topping the pool,” he acknowledged.


Johannes Venter, the Namibian coach opted for a running game which played into the hands of Kenya. With only one training session before coming to Nairobi, he admitted the going would be rough. “Some players could not be released from club duties in South Africa,” he revealed. Injury to inspirational captain Kees Lensing also contributed to the loss.


“Give it to Kenya, they played well but need to do something about the kicking if they want to beat Tunisia,” he advised.


Kenya tops Group ‘B’ with six points while Namibia and Tunisia have three each.


Rugby World Cup qualifier Africa Round 2

Venue: Rugby Football Union of East Africa ground

Date: September 9, 2006.

Weather: Cloudy and cold

Temperature: 16 degrees Celsius

Crowd: 1,500


Kenya 30 Namibia 26

Half time: 20-11




Tries: Dan Weku (2) 5th and 17th minutes, Lavin Asego (1) 73rd minute.

Drop goal: Oscar Osir (60th)

Conversion: Moses Kola (34th)



Tries: Lu Wayne Botes (2) 38th and 56th minutes, Du Preez Grobler (41st).

Penalties: Morne Schreuder (3) 8th, 30th, 43rd.

Conversion: Schreuder (42nd)


Yellow card: Odera Owino (Kenya) 40th minute.



Kenya: 15 Oscar Osir (Impala), 14 Dan Weku (Impala), 13 Peter Abuoga (Kenya Harlequin), 12 Paul Sadat (Impala), 11 Collins Injera (Mwamba) 22 (57th minute), 10 Lavin Asego (Mwamba) 9 Peter Mutai (Kenya Commercial Bank) 20 (57th minute), 8 Odera Owino (Mean Machine), 7 Moses Mukabane (Mean Machine) 7 (57th minute), 6 Paul Oimbo (Impala), 5 Richard Nyakwaka (Mwamba), 4 Michael Aung (Nondescripts), 3 Daniel Kiptoo (Kenya Harlequin), 2 Frank Ndong (Impala, captain), 1 Mark Emitati (Kenya Commercial Bank) 17 - 45th minute.


Reserves: 17 Ben Okembo (Impala), 18 Anthony Shihemi (Nondescripts), 19 Wilson K'Opondo (Mean Machine), 20 Moses Kola (Impala), 21 Nato Simiyu (Impala), Sydney Ashioya (Kenya Harlequin).


Coach: Emmanuel Okoth

Assistant coach: Charles Ngovi.


Namibia: 15 Roger Herson Robert Thompson (21, 67th minute), 14 Melrick John Africa, 13 Lu Wayns Botes (19, 76th minute), 12 Du Preez Grobler, 11 Johannes Heinrich Bock (22, 76th minute), 10 Morne Schreuder, 9 Elrich Jensen (20, 70th minute), 8 Herman Dirk Lindtveld (captain), 7 Tunus Du Plessis (18, 65th minute), 6 Pieter-Jan van Lill, 5 Nico Esterhuizen, 4 Uakazuvaka Kazombiaze, 3 Riaan Grundling (17, 52nd minute), 2 Cornelis Jacobus van Tonder, 1 Johannes Hermanus Redelinghuys.


Reserves: 17 Cambert Fanna, 18 Sean Adelchi Furter, 19 John Heinrich Drotsky, 20 Eugene Anthony Jantjies, 21 Ryan Carter Witbooi, 22 Deon Mouton.


Coach: Johannes H. Venter.


Match officials

Referee: Louis Mzomba (South Africa), TJ1 Jerome America (South Africa), TJ2 Matt Kemp (South Africa).

Match Commissioner: Peter Manda (South Africa).


Thanks also to Peter Segombe, CAR, who provided this report.




Kenya Squad

Joel Ng'ang'a (Kenya Harlequin), Frank Ndong, Capt. (Impala),Daniel Kiptoo (Kenya Harlequin), Mike Aung (Nondescripts), Richard Nyakwaka (Mwamba),

Moses Mukabane (Mean Machine), Tony Shihemi (Nondescripts), Odera Owino (Mean Machine), Peter Mutai (Kenya Commecial Bank), Lavin Asego (Mwamba), Collins Injera (Mwamba), Paul Sadat (Impala), Peter Abuoga (Kenya Harlequin), Dan Weku (Impala), Oscar Osir (Impala), Mark Emitati  (Kenya Commecial Bank),Ben Okembo (Impala), Wilson K'opondo (Mean Machine), Paul Oimbo (Impala ),Moses Kola (Impala), Sidney Ashioya (Kenya Harlequin), Nato Simiyu (Impala).

Coach: Manuel Okoth   

Thanks to KRFU Media and Communications



15 Johannes Bock (Reho Falcon RFC), 14 Melrick Africa (Reho Falcon RFC),

13 Lu Botes (Wanderers RFC), 12 Du Preez Grobler (United RFC), 11 John Drotsky (Univ. of Namibia RFC), 10 Roger Thompson (Western Suburbs RFC), 9 Eugene Jantjies (Western Suburbs RFC), 8 Tinus du Plessis (Univ. of Stellenboch RFC, South Africa), 7 Herman Lindtveld (United RFC), 6 Pieter-Jan van Lill (Univ. of Stellenboch RFC, South Africa), 5 Uakazuvaka Kazombiaze (Western Suburbs RFC), 4 Nico Esterhuizen (Univ. of Stellenboch RFC, South Africa), 3 Johannes Redelinghuys (Univ. of Stellenboch RFC,South Africa), 2 Cornelis van Tonder (United RFC),

1 Morne Schreuder (United RFC)


16 Morne Louw (United RFC), 17 Riaan Grundling (United RFC), 18 Stephanus Lambert (Wanderers RFC), 19 Sean Further (United RFC),

20 Elrich Jansen (Reho Falcon RFC), 21 Ryan Witbooi (Western Suburbs RFC), 22 Deon Mouton (Reho Falcon RFC)

Coach: Johannes H. Venter


Thanks to Namibia RFU           



27.05.2006 Namibia 84-12 in Windhoek (WCQ Africa Rnd 2 B, Africa Cup B)

11.09.2004 Namibia 65-7 in Windhoek (CAR Div.1, Pool C)

16.08.2003 Namibia 32-10 in Nairobi (CAR Div.1, Pool B)

07.07.1993 Namibia 60-9 in Nairobi (WCQ Africa Round 1)


GWC Rugby Rankings: Africa Table-Namibia 8th, Kenya 9th


Prediction: Namibia by 25 points




Morocco 5, Uganda 3 in Kampala (WCQ Africa Rnd 2, Grp A; Africa Cup Grp A)

Morocco won by 2 points.I predicted Uganda by 6.

By Jerry Burley from Kampala

In a must-win contest, as seen from Uganda’s perspective, that was played out in Kampala on Saturday 9th September, a big Moroccan Atlas Lions side edged out the Uganda Cranes by the narrowest of margins of 5-3. A win for Uganda would have ensured their continued involvement in their second-round RWC Qualifier group battle that includes Ivory Coast. A win for Morocco would guarantee a third round clash against the winner of the other African group containing Kenya, Tunisia and Namibia. It would be the North Africans who would take the spoils, destroying the hopes and aspirations of the East African newcomers in the process.

Any rugby international that returns a scoreline of 5-3 would be viewed on first sight by most rugby pundits as probably something of a bore, a grind of attrition by two unimaginative and unadventurous sides. Nothing could be further from the truth at Kampala Rugby Club in downtown Kampala last Saturday. Having been trounced by more than 30 points on their earlier away adventure in Casablanca a couple of months ago, the home side had much to prove, following the appointment of Chester Williams as Uganda Director of Rugby at almost exactly the same time as their hefty defeat to the Atlas Lions. Present at that match, he was quoted at the time as saying Uganda was lucky not to lose by more. Much has happened since and well-publicised wins against Ivory Coast and Kenya (in the Elgon Cup derby) indicated the major improvement in tactics and confidence that have been inspired in the Ugandans by the former Springbok. A climb of 13 places in the IRB world rankings of late though, still left the wholly-amateur hosts nearly 30 places adrift of majority-professional Morocco, most of whose players are French-domiciled (and many French passport-carrying) professionals in the Gallic leagues. A win was far too much to expect, surely?

The Moroccan coach was quoted on arrival as saying that he viewed the arrival of Williams on the rugby scene in Uganda as a major threat.
At 4-30pm local time, Uganda kicked off northwards with a strong, slightly squally breeze to their backs, that unpredictable wind that blows up south from Tanzania across huge Lake Victoria before hitting the land mass just south of Kampala. With a crowd of, it is estimated, 6000 supporters, local ground advantage and not forgetting the problems that had beset Morocco during their journey to and arrival in country, there was little more that could have been done to favour the home side.

From Uganda’s perspective, the first ten minutes were a mess, as nerves and the palpable expectations of their home fans conspired to force fumbles, knock ons and poorly thought-out kicks, though handling errors and the usual errant out-of-hand kicks marred their performance throughout. However, both sides were able to maintain a clean sheet through these early testing minutes and slowly play settled down. Early penalty chances were exchanged, with both sides failing to convert the opportunities offered. Both sides missed three chances each at goal during the course of the game, eminently achievable kicks too, showing glaring Achilles heels, particularly from Moroccos perspective as they continue on with their RWC adventure.

Then, at the 35 minute mark, Ugandan scrum half Robert Seguya managed to slot home a simple penalty in front of the posts and Uganda would carry this narrow lead through to half time. It had been a brutal half, with the home side as ever having to tackle, ruck and maul well above their own weight, the Moroccan pack carrying at least 5kg per man more than Uganda. The visitors considerable height advantage meant they profited fully at the line out and, although the stats are not yet out, I estimate Uganda lost nearly as many of their own throws as they won.

Uganda didnt seem to be able to get the ball out to their fleet-footed wings very efficiently with second center John Musoke being wrapped up too often and seemingly often unable to unload in the tackle. This resulted in many breakdowns with subsequent work overload for the Ugandan pack against their bigger and worldly-wise oppos.

The closest chance of a try for the home side perhaps came when lock Adrian Bukenya was held back just half a metre from the line but then, in the 66th minute, he visitors took the ball from a breakdown and, with the overlap, Moroccan wing El Hajji Mounem beat the Ugandan defence to score in front of the club house. Another regulation kick was missed by some distance, leaving the score at 3-5 with less than 15 minutes to go. Morocco were clearly tiring in the heat and altitude but the professionalism of their defence was resolute throughout, though it could be argued that some of the professional fouls they committed, including the one that resulted in their no 8 going to the bin, were not necessary. English referee Rob Debney and his assistants had a good game in my view, with the game perhaps refereed more like a southern hemisphere match that I would have expected. A ball that came off a Moroccan foot and went into touch on the Moroccan try line that was then given the wrong way was the only error I saw. Would it have made a difference? Probably not.

In the dying minutes Uganda threw everything including the kitchen sink at Morocco but they refused to capitulate and the final whistle brought joy and further world cup rugby to the tourists and despair and the end of a dream to the hosts and their fans.
Uganda could, and should, have won. Errors, some repeated even from the first Morocco match according to their coach, spoiled the day for them. Heart and bravery they had in plenty though and Uganda will take much away from this match, the furthest they have ever got in the World Cup. It is, however, going to be a long wait until the next one comes around.       
Thanks also to Peter Segombe, CAR, who forwarded this report.


03.06.2006 Morocco 36-3 in Casablanca (WCQ Africa R2, Grp A; Africa Cup Grp A)


GWC Rugby Rankings: Africa Table-Morocco 2nd, Uganda 5th







15. Simon Wakabi,14. Allan Musoke,13. John Musoke, 12. Tony Lugya,

11. Brian Tabaruka,10. Edmond Tumusiime, 9. Robert Seguya, 8. Peter Magona (Capt.),7. Moses Soita, 6. Mathias Ochwo, 5. Adrian Bukenya,

4. Victor Wadia, 3. Brian Makalama, 2. Alex Mubiru, 1. Fred Mudoola               

Replacement: 16. Ronald Adigasi, 17. Kenneth Mutabaruka, 18. Ronald Adigasi, 19. Vincent Otim, 20. Timothy Mudoola, 21. Isaac Lutwama,            

22. Anthony Kinene           

Coaches: Chester Williams & Yayiro Kasasa


Thanks to Yayiro Kasasa, URU Secretariat