Bok Women reign supreme

HARARE - South Africa needed a last minute try to see off a spirited Kenya 22-17 and successfully defend their Rugby Afrique Women’s Sevens Championships trophy in an exciting final here yesterday.

The Bok Women’s Sevens had reached the final after running out 29-5 winners against Uganda in the morning’s semi-final.

Kenya had booked their berth in the final after eliminating hosts Zimbabwe by winning the second semi-final 5-31.

With both teams clearly matching each other and the scores tied at 17-17 it looked like the final would  go to extra time but the South African’s dug deep to score a last minute try to win the title for a second time in a row.

On the other hand, the Lady Cheetahs made up for their semi-final disappointment with a 24-10 win in the third place play off against Uganda.

The Lady Cheetahs, ranked fourth on the continent going into this tournament, secured a third place finish.

Zimbabwe captain Charity Mucucuti was pleased with the team’s overall show but bemoaned lack of game time as a major contributor to the team’s semi-final loss.

“It’s a positive development for us (finishing third) we got into the tournament looking to better our rankings and we are glad we managed to end the games in third place meaning automatically we are now ranked number three in Africa,” Mucucuti said.

“I think the girls succumbed to fatigue as we are not used to playing a lot of games and three games in a day, with the fourth one coming barely 24 hours, it was always going to be a tall order for us but I’m happy we managed to hold on to one of our goals although with more game time I would say we should have done even better.”

Zimbabwe got off on the back foot in their quest for a final berth after Kenya scored their first try as early as the second minute before adding another after seven minutes to lead 0-10 but the locals responded with a try from scrumhalf Margaret Magwaro to take the scores to 5-12 at half time.

The lights however, completely switched off for the Lady Cheetahs in the second stanza as they kept losing the ball unnecessarily and in the process gifting Kenya five tries, one converted penalty as the east African ladies ran riot to win the encounter.

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