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South Africa crowned champions and Kenya book their Spot at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

The second day of the 2019 Rugby Africa Women’s Sevens sponsored by Société Générale came to an end on Sunday and so did the tournament. Kenya lost the final game to South Africa 14-15, however, they still managed to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. South Africa and Kenya are both entitled to participate now in a qualification tournament for the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series. Tunisia and Madagascar are qualified for the Olympic repechage tournament June next year.

The day started at 09:30 with South Africa beating Morocco 42-00. Madagascar were up next with a victory against Senegal 24-05, while Uganda suffered a 00-33 defeat against the Tunisian hosts.  Kenya beat Zimbabwe 36-05 while Ghana had the final say in their clash against Mauritius, which ended 29-10.  Zambia wrapped up the first round of the games with a 24-05 victory over Botswana.

South Africa comes out on top against Madagascar 29-00 in the semi-final game while host Tunisia was shown the way out by Kenya after a 00-19 loss.  Madagascar went on to claim the third place after beating Tunisia 05-00.  The final clash between South Africa and Kenya resulted in a victory for the South Africans by a small gap. The final result was 15-14.

Final ranking of Rugby Africa Women’s Sevens 2019:

  1. South Africa
  2. Kenya
  3. Madagascar
  4. Tunisia
  5. Uganda
  6. Senegal
  7. Morocco
  8. Zimbabwe
  9. Ghana
  10. Zambia
  11. Botswana
  12. Mauritius

Felix Oloo, Kenya’s Head Coach said, It was an amazing experience. I am happy for the young girls who were able to express themselves. I’m quite impressed with the performance of my players. We really wanted to win this tournament, but things didn’t go our way. We knew they we ready for us since they knew how we were playing so we changed our structure and played heads up rugby. Things could have been better for us but I’m happy with my players nonetheless.”

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