K The game between Kenya and Uganda on Tuesday -Image: Rugby Afrique
Kenya Lionesses edge closer to World Cup qualification
By Eric Njiru | Tue 13 Aug, 2019 15:50

Kenya Lionesses are one win away from qualifying for 2021 Women's Rugby World Cup qualification after beating Uganda 37-5 in the second round of 2019 Africa Women's 15s Cup.

The Kenyan ladies beat Madagascar 35-5 in the first round meaning their game against South Africa on Saturday, August 17 will be winner takes it all. South Africa beat Uganda 89-5 on matchday one and will take on Madagascar at 4 pm on Tuesday. 

Fly-half Grace Adhiambo kicked three points to see Kenya lead 3-0 at the interval. Naomi Amuguni off-loaded Janet Okello to extend the lead to 8-0 before Adhiambo set Okello again to make it 15-0 with the Nakuru RFC fly-half adding the extras. 

Uganda had a chance to score their first points after an infringement by Lionesses but their attempt drifted wide. 

Stacy Atieno landed Kenya's third try after Okello set her up but the conversion went ahead. Uganda would land their first moment after this to make it 20-5.

Adhiambo then added Kenya's fourth to take the scores to 25-5 as the conversion attempt went wide before completing her brace to make it 30-5. A last minute play saw Adhiambo pass to Phila Olando who then set up Sheila Chajira for Kenya's final try followed by Janet Owino's conversion to win it 37-5.

This tournament will determine the first regional qualifier for Women's Rugby World Cup 2021 in New Zealand. The winner of the round-robin will qualify directly while the loser will head to a pre-repechage playoff with an opponent from South America. 

Eric Njiru
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