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Kenya Lionesses reach historic rankings high
By Eric Njiru | Mon 15 Jul, 2019 16:38

busy weekend of international rugby saw the conclusion of the Elgon Cup with Kenya’s Lionesses backing up their 44-14 home win over Uganda in the first leg in June with a 35-5 victory in the return match, to win 79-19 on aggregate.

Attention for the two teams now turns to the Women’s Rugby World Cup 2021 qualifier that will be held in South Africa in August.

Kenya will go into the four-team tournament on a high, their Elgon Cup victory having been accompanied by a gain of 1.14 rating points which has seen them overtake Guyana, Romania and Norway in the rankings and up to a best-ever position of 28th. Uganda drop three places to 44th.

After Grace Adhiambo slotted two penalties, Kenya scored tries through Leah Wambui and captain Philadelphia Olando, the second converted by Adhiambo, to lead 18-0 at half-time.

Stella Wafula scored Kenya’s third before Olando bagged her brace, Adhiambo converting to make the scoreline 30-0. A fifth Kenya try was followed by a late consolation for the Lady Cranes.

Elsewhere in Africa, Zambia beat their hosts Zimbabwe 19-18 in Harare on Saturday and enter the rankings for the first time as a result. Zambia’s new rating of 41.37 points puts them in 35th position and condemns Zimbabwe to a four-place fall to 41st.

-Story by World Rugby
-Photo: Lens Eye Images

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