Kenya National Women’s rugby team, Lionesses, failed to earn qualification to next season’s HSBC World Sevens Series, after losing 12-7 in sudden death extra time against South Africa in Hong Kong Friday morning.
It had been a promising campaign for the Lionesses, as they qualified for the Cup Quarter finals with three wins from all three of their pool A matches against Papua New Guinea, Mexico, and even a maiden win against South Africa.
And earlier Friday morning Doreen Remour scored the winning try in sudden death extra time as Kenya beat Argentina 17-12 to earn the Lionesses a semi-final spot against South Africa.
Zenay Jordaan put South Africa ahead in the second half. However, a solo effort from Janet Okelo levelled the game.
With the game tied at 7-7 in sudden death extra time, Zinhle Ndawonde’s scored the match winning try, crashing Kenya’s hopes of earning a place as a core team on next year’s HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series.
Meanwhile, their male counterparts, Shujaa, will take on Canada at 2.54 pm in their first Pool B match at the Hong Kong stadium, in the 7th Leg of this season’s HSBC Sevens World series in Hong Kong.
The Innocent Simuyu led side will then take on Spain on Saturday at 8.10 am, followed by a showdown against Australia at 12.10pm, with the latter being the only team in Pool “B” currently placed above Kenya in the season’s standing, with the Aussies in fourth place on 84 points.