Roaring Lionesses claim ticket to 2019 Hong Kong 7s


Roaring Lionesses claim ticket to 2019 Hong Kong 7s
New Zealand's Portia Woodman (R) leaps over Kenya's defenders to score a try in their women's rugby sevens match at the Robina Stadium at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast on April 13, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / WILLIAM WEST

In Summary

  • Kenya Lionesses will be among the participants at the 2019 Hong Kong 7s which also acts as a qualifier to the Women’s World 7s Series.
  • This is after they beat neighbours Uganda 29-7 in the 2018 Africa Women’s 7s final on Sunday in Gaborone, Botswana.
  • The Kevin Wambua coached side conceded only one try in the final as they recorded an impressive campaign, claiming the gong with a 100 percent unbeaten record, with Janet Okello and debutant Michelle Omollo starring against Uganda with two tries each.

Kenya Lionesses will be among the participants at the 2019 Hong Kong 7s which also acts as a qualifier to the Women’s World 7s Series.

This is after they beat neighbours Uganda 29-7 in the 2018 Africa Women’s 7s final on Sunday in Gaborone, Botswana.

The Kevin Wambua coached side conceded only one try in the final as they recorded an impressive campaign, claiming the gong with a 100 percent unbeaten record, with Janet Okello and debutant Michelle Omollo starring against Uganda with two tries each.

Uganda, by virtue of finishing second, join Kenya as among the teams that will participate in next year’s Hong Kong 7s.

To book a spot in the final, Kenya thrashed Madagascar 27-0 in the semis while Uganda narrowly edged out Tunisia 10-5.

The Lionesses roared on day one, recording a 42-0 and 41-0 wins over Senegal and Madagascar, before seeing off Zambia 41-7 in the Cup quarterfinals.

The historic win means the Lionesses have claimed their first ever continental silverware having finished second since 2014.

By virtue of qualifying for the continental final, both sides qualified for the 2019 Hong Kong 7s which acts as a qualifier to the Women’s World 7s Series.

Former champions South Africa did not honour this year’s edition citing their preparations for the upcoming World Cup Sevens in USA on July.

Kenya Lionesses summarised results

Saturday 26 May (Pool A matches)

Senegal 0-41 Kenya

Kenya 42-0 Madagascar

Sunday 27 May

Kenya 43-7 Zambia (Quarter final)

Kenya 27-0 Madagascar (semi final)

Kenya 29-7 Uganda (Final)

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