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Lionesses miss out on Commonwealth medal
By Patrick Korir | Sat 14 Apr, 2018 08:48

Kenya Women's national Sevens team - the Lionesses will not be returning with a Commonwealth medal from Gold Coast, Australia after suffering two losses to New Zealand and Canada in their pool games on Friday 13 April 2018.

After a 45-0 fall to the flying New Zealand, the team went on to lose 24-12 to Canada in the next game. The team coached by Kevin Mwema Wambua however wrapped their games on a high on Saturday morning with a 19-10 dispatch of South Africa.

Vs New Zealand; 45-0 loss

In the opening game tries by Portia Woodman, Kelly Brazier and Gayle Broughton - two of which were converted by Tyla Nathan-Wong had Lionesses trail 19-0 at half time.

Woodman added two further tries in the next half for a hat trick while Niall Williams grabbed a brace, and with three added conversions by Nathan-Wong, New Zealand wrapped up the game comfortably. 

Vs Canada; 24-12 loss

In Lionesses second game unconverted tries by Julia Greenshields and Hannah Darling had Canada up 10-0. A try by Philadelphia Olando - historic at that as the first ever touch down for Kenya Lionesses at the Commonwealth, that was followed by an equally historic conversion by Doreen Remour, had Lionesses within three points but a third try by  Bianca Farella, converted by Breanne Nicholas handed Canada a 17-7 half time lead.

Into the second half Farella completed her brace, Nicholas adding the conversion for the Canadians to lead 24-7. Janet Okello's late try for Lionesses ended it at 24-12.

vs South Africa; 19-10 win

In the final pool game, early tries by Janet Okello and Celestine Masinde - both converted by Grace Okulu had Kenya 14-0 up at half time.

South Africa - whom the Lionesses beat for the first time ever last weekend at Hong Kong 7s -  rallied with two unconverted tries by Mathrin Simmers and Zenay Jordaan to close in at 14-10. A last ditch try by skipper Olando left the Lionesses in a state of grace.

Other games

In other games, South Africa went down 29-0 to Canada before falling 41-0 to New Zealand to claim the wooden spoon in the group. In the final group game, New Zealand booked the lone ticket from the group to the knockouts with a 24-7 win over Canada.

Classification

As the two best teams, table topping New Zealand and second placed Canada proceed to the semis as Kenya and South Africa, placed third and fourth, head down to the classification semis.

Post group stage matchups will be determined once Pool B games conclude. At the end of two rounds of games, Australia had picked two wins to top the pool as England and Fiji, each with a win, were second and third respectively. Wales with no win was fourth

Complete results

Pool A

Canada 29 South Africa 0

New Zealand 45 Kenya 0


Canada 24 Kenya 12

New Zealand 41 South Africa 0


Kenya 19 South Africa 0

New Zealand 24 Canada 7

Pool B

Fiji 5 England 17

Australia 34 Wales 5


Fiji 29 Wales 7

Australia 29 England 12


England vs Wales

Fiji vs Australia

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