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South Africa beat Kenya, defend African sevens rugby title

14 April 2014, 10:17

Nairobi - South Africa's women beat Kenya 15-0 to retain their African Sevens Rugby title in Machakos.

The final was played at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos County on Saturday 12 April 2014. The two sides had earlier met in a Pool A encounter, South Africa emerging 21-12 winners.

The tight affair saw both teams gauge each other and it took all of six minutes for the deadloack to be broken, Goda Nosiphiwo grounding with captain Zenay Jordaan converting for a 7-0 lead.  Kenya would attempt to ask questions of the South Africans, Doreen Remour spotting a gap and racing clear only to be stopped short of the try line. Matters would remain this way heading into half time.

Nosiphiwo would land her brace with Jordaan missing the conversion, the scores 12-0 to the South Africans. They would kill off the Kenyans with a Jordaan penalty three minutes from time to seal the title.

Speaking after the final, South African captain Jordaan said, " It has been a gruelling day, we were prepared though and clinched the result."

Kenyan captain Remour said, " We gave it our best shot, reaching the final is no easy feat. Hard luck but we have picked up many lessons that are valuable moving forward."

South Africa had earlier dispatched surprise package Zimbabwe 43-0 in the semi final while Kenya edged out Tunisia 14-10.

South Africa qualified top of their pool, with Kenya emerging runners up. Tunisia had topped Pool B with Zimbabwe stealing the second semi final berth ahead of Uganda.

Collated Results

Pool A: Senegal 14 Madagascar 19, Kenya 24 Madagascar 14, South Africa 19 Senegal 0, Kenya 22 Senegal 0, South Africa 19 Madagascar 12, South Africa 21 Kenya 12.

Pool B: Zimbabwe 33 Namibia 0, Uganda 45 Namibia 0, Tunisia 21 Zimbabwe 0, Uganda 5 Zimbabwe 10, Tunisia 29 Namibia 0, Tunisia 14 Uganda 7.

Main Cup Semifinals: Kenya 14 Tunisia 10, South Africa 43 Zimbabwe 0; Final: Kenya 0 South Africa 15.

Plate Final: Tunisia 31 Zimbabwe 0;

Bowl Semis: Namibia 0 Madagascar 40, Uganda 24 Senegal 10; Final: Madagascar 5 Uganda 10;

Shield Final: Namibia 0 Senegal 33

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