The Kenya Lionesses wrote history when they registered their first ever win at the HSBC Women’s Sevens World Series, beating core side Japan 12-5 for the 11th place playoff at the Clermont Sevens.
Janet Okelo showed her raw strength with a handoff before touching down to put Kenya 5-0 ahead. Okelo then extended Lionesses’ lead with her fourth score of the weekend after some flawless ball movement by the team.
And despite scoring a second-half try through Yamanaka, Japan would finish in 12th place while the Lionesses were left savoring their maiden win on the series.
Bowl Semifinals: Kenya 12 Russia 27
The Kenya Lionesses put in a battling performance in the 12-27 loss to Russia in the Clermont Sevens Bowl semifinal
They dominated territory and possession early on, putting Russia on the backfoot.Janet Okelo switched the ball to her outside hand and backed herself for the line,a second try of the weekend for the 24-year-old and a dream start for Kenya to this Bowl semi-final.
Russia would turn it around and held the advantage at the break,retaining possession excellently, Bobkova drew them level before Lushina crept round the outside to touch them 12-5 ahead.
Guzeva engaged the defenders and sucked them in before Bobkova took advantage as series debutants Kenya overcommitted in defence. The Lionesses did not give up and Celestine Masinde burst down the right to give her side hope, but Guzeva made sure of Russia’s spot in the Bowl Final.
Kenya 0 USA 31
A 0-31 loss to the USA saw the Kenya Lionesses close day one at the Clermont Sevens bottom of Pool A and consigned to the bowl competition when play resumes on Sunday at this tournament which is the final round of the 2015/16 HSBC Women’s Sevens World Series.
The USA took a 14- 0 lead at the break through converted tries from Lilly Durbin and Alev Kelter.Second half tries from Folayan, Javelet and Johnson’s converted effort secured the result for the Americans.
Kenya 0 England 22
The Lionesses lost their second match at the Clermont Sevens, going down 0-22 to England in Pool A action.
England made a scorching start to their weekend against USA earlier and, even though the rain trickled down, they still looked too hot to handle. Wilson-Hardy went over on the right, before Waterman and Wilson gave England a healthy 17-0 half-time lead.
Kenya battled hard in the second half but England eventually broke their stern resistance as Scott found the space to add a fourth try.
Kenya 5 Spain 37
Kenya started the Clermont Sevens with a 5-37 loss to Spain in Pool A action on Saturday 28 May.Janet Okello would visit the sin bin early and with the Lionesses down to six players, Bueso Gonez took full advantage to put Spain in front with an early try.
Kenya resorted to playing a quick-tempo game and retained the ball well. Spain worked the ball edge to edge, though, and committed the Kenya defence, leaving Erbina with only grass ahead of her to touch down a second Spanish try.Kenya were not done yet and, after some route-one rugby, Okello scored their first women’s seven series try. What a moment for the Lionesses as they trailed 10-5 at half time.
It was one way traffic in the second half as Spain upped the pressure again and there was an early second-half try from Echebarria Fernandez. Quick play from the breakdown by Las Leonas soon saw Garcia stride over, before Spain exploited the space and Casado completed a well-worked try. Garcia took advantage of tired Kenya legs and added try number seven.
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