South Africa rally to edge out Kenya in close final

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Sep 17, 2017
  • South Africa narrowly beat Kenya 17-12 to qualify for next years Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco, USA. (Photo Courtesy)

There were tears of joy and grief after the final whistle when South Africa rallied from 5-12 down to edge out Kenya 17-12 in the final of theRugby Africa women's Rugby World Cup Sevens qualifiers in Monastir, Tunisia.

A yellow card to Doreen Remour saw South Africa rally back to narrow the gap 10-12 when Christelene Steinhobel scored at the corner. 

Zenay Jordaan scored a converted try under the posts from an identical restart when Kenya allowed the ball to bounce for a line out. Sinaida Aura and janet Okello scored one try each with Remour adding one conversion.

Tunisia finished third by beating Uganda 14-5 while Madagascar beat Senegal 24-5 in the fifth and sixth playoff.

Kenya Lionesses qualified for next year's Commonwealth Games when the beat hosts Tunisia 26-7 in the semi final. South Africa reached the final by beating Uganda 27-0.

Day two, September 17

Match 13: 1 v 8 Kenya 47 Morocco 0; Match 14: 2 v 7 South Africa 43 Senegal 0; Match 15: 3 v 6 Tunisia 24 Zimbabwe 7; Match 16: 4 v 5 Madagascar 5 Uganda 12.

Ranking matches

Match 17: Loser M13 Morocco 7-24 Senegal Loser Match 14 (12.28).

Match 18: Loser Match 15 Zimbabwe 7-29 Madagascar Loser Match 16 (12.50).

Cup semis

Match 19: Winner M13 Kenya 26-7 Tunisia Winner Match 15.

Match 20: Winner Match 14 South Africa 27-0 Uganda Winner Match 16.

Match 21: 7/8 Loser Match 17  Morocco 0-26 Zimbabwe Loser Match 18.

Match 22: 5/6 Winner Match 17 Senegal 5-25 Madagascar  Winner Match 18.

Match 23: 3/4 Loser Match 19 Tunisia 14-5 Uganda Loser Match 20.

Match 24: Final Winner Match 19 Kenya 12-17 South Africa Winner Match 20.

Final ranking:  1. South Africa, 2. Kenya, 3. Tunisia, 4. Uganda, 5. Madagascar, 6. Senegal, 7. Zimbabwe, 8. Morocco.

Day one results

Pool A: South Africa Uganda, Tunisia, Morocco.

Pool B: Kenya, Zimbabwe, Senegal, Madagascar

Order of play, September 16: South Africa 45 Morocco 0, Uganda 10 Tunisia 15, Kenya 27 Madagascar 5, Zimbabwe 15 Senegal 5, South Africa 17 Tunisia 7, Uganda 29 Morocco 0, Kenya 38 Senegal 0, Zimbabwe 17 Madagascar 28, South Africa 25 Uganda 0, Tunisia 33 Morocco 0, Kenya 47 Zimbabwe 0, Senegal 0 Madagascar 36.

1. Kenya, 2. South Africa, 3. Tunisia, 4. Madagascar, 5. Uganda, 6. Zimbabwe, 7. Senegal, 8. Morocco 

 Compiled by Eric Odanga