Hong Kong 7s: Kenya Lionesses Whitewashed

The Kenya women’s national sevens rugby team lost all their Group A matches on the opening day of the Hong Kong 7s.

Lionesses were blanked 32-0 by continental rivals South Africa, scored one try against France in a 22-5 defeat but despite a better show against Kazakhstan, they still fell short, losing the 9.3-0am tie 26-12.

In their opener against South Africa Kenya’s defence looked shaky and it wasn’t a surprise when they conceded an unconverted try from Nadine Roux. Eve Simmerson then touched down twice for Lady Blitzbokke who went into the break holding a 15-0 lead. 

South Africa were relentless after the interval and after Irene Otieno made a try saving tackle, Lionesses conceded a converted fourth try that had them 0-22. Roux then landed her second and third tries to condemn Kenya to a 32-0 defeat.

The bad run continued in the second match against France who went into the break leading 22-0 thanks to tries from among others, Amelie Mosserat, Noelle Sanch and Eileen Corson.

Janet Akello offloaded on the tackle to Cele Masinde who scored Kenya’s first try in the tournament with a minute of play left.

Masinde would get her second try which saw Kenya draw level with Kazakhstan in the final match but the ladies collapsed after the interval, allowing Kazakh two tries while Kenya got their two through Masinde and Akello, the match ending 26-12 in favor of the Asians.

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