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Kenya Lionesses are Africa Women's 7s Champions!
By Patrick Korir | Sun 27 May, 2018 17:07

Tired of being second best in the last four years on the trot, Kenya Women's team - the Lionesses stepped up to finally put a claim to the Africa Women's Sevens title after seeing off neighbors Uganda 29-7 in the final played in Gaberone, Botswana on Sunday 27 May.

The Lionesses coached by Kevin Mwema Wambua led 22-0 at half time through a brace of tries each from both Michele Omondi (Sinaida Aura) and the unstoppable Janet Akello. 

Also read Kenya books Zambia in Africa Women's 7s quarters

Into the second half Uganda came back with a converted try from Grace Auma but Kenya's response was similar digits when Linet Moraa stepped in to dot down completing a perfect buildup.The ensuing conversion was good. 

For a place in the final Kenya had beaten Madagascar 27-0 in the semis - in what was their second meeting at the tournament - while Uganda narrowly edged out Tunisia 10-5.

Lionesses came through day one unblemished after posting 41-0 and 42-0 wins over Senegal and Madagascar, respectively, and came closer to the final after seeing off Zambia 43-7 in the quarterfinals.

In claiming Gold in Botswana, Lionesses outscored her opponents 184 points from a record 30 tries and 17 conversions. The team conceded only 14 points -  two tries and as many conversions, one each from Zambia and Uganda. 

Uganda started their chase for the missed title with a 22-7 win over Zimbabwe and followed it up with a 10-10 draw with Tunisia in pool B.

The Cranes then went on to hit Senegal 12-5 to once again book Tunisia, this time in the semis. Deadlocked at 5-5 in the first half, Uganda went on to find the winning try in the next half to book the Lionesses in the final in a game they went on to claim silver. 

Tunisia joined Kenya and Uganda at the podium after seeing off Madagascar 22-7 to clinch bronze. 

Summary

Africa Women’s Sevens Day 1 - Saturday 26 May 2018

1.Pool A Madagascar 40 Senegal 0

2.Pool B Uganda 20 Zimbabwe 7 

3.Pool C Morocco 22 Zambia 26 

4.Pool A Kenya 41 Senegal 0 

5.Pool B Tunisia 31 Zimbabwe 07 

6.Pool C Botswana 15 Mauritius 10 

7.Pool A Kenya 42 Madagascar 0 

8.Pool B Tunisia 10 Uganda 10 

9.Botswana 05 Zambia 05 

10. Morocco 24 Mauritius 05

Day 2 - Sunday 27 May 2018 

Quarters

11. Kenya 43 Zambia 05

12. Tunisia 36 Botswana 0

13. Uganda 12 Senegal 5

14. Madagascar 24 Zimbabwe 5

Ranking semis 

15. Zambia 15 Zimbabwe 17

16. Botswana 10 Senegal 22

Semis 

17. Kenya 27 Madagascar 0

18. Uganda 10 Tunisia 5

Finals

9th place final: Morocco 22 Mauritius 5

7th place final: Botswana 12 Zambia 5

5th place final: Zimbabwe 19 Senegal 5

3rd place playoff: Tunisia 22 Madagascar 7

Final: Kenya 29 Uganda 7 

Patrick Korir
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