Lady Cheetahs in semis

HARARE - Zimbabwe are through to the semi-finals of the Rugby Afrique Women’s Sevens Championships after winning two of their Pool A matches and losing the other here yesterday to set a date against Kenya.

The Lady Cheetahs lost to perennial rivals South Africa 7-22 having surged ahead early in the match with a converted try before their superior neighbours bounced back in spectacular fashion.

“That was quite a bit of a disappointment (losing after taking an early lead) but the girls did put a fight and I’m quite happy with that tomorrow we will have to pick it up from where we left,” Zimbabwe captain Charity “Chokey” Mucucuti said.

The locals turned on the heat in their second match walloping Namibia 31-0 before confirming their semi-final berth with a 22-0 drubbing of hapless Senegal in their final pool match.

Pre-tournament favourites South Africa led the group with three straight wins including identical 39-0 wins over Senegal and Namibia in addition to their earlier victory over the hosts.

On the overall team’s display on day one, Mucucuti expressed satisfaction and also called on the home fans to come in their numbers just like they did yesterday.

“We expect to do exactly what we did today (yesterday); play simple rugby, the tackling and doing all the basics — you do that you win the game even if you don’t have the fastest players but you do the basic rugby and you are in,” Mucucuti said.

“It is exciting and tomorrow (today) we are looking forward to the support that we had today (yesterday) and we want to try and make them (the nation) proud.”

Their semi-final opponents Kenya are still fresh from the Rio Olympics and they showed their pedigree by winning all their matches with relative ease.

Kenya beat Tunisia and Madagascar by identical scorelines of 17-12 before accounting for Uganda 36-4.

“We haven’t been playing Kenya and they just came back from the Olympics so it’s going to be a tough game but we gonna put in 110 percent for our country,” Mucucuti said.

“We will have big competition with Kenya but will do our best just like we did against South Africa we have always lost to them (South Africa) with wider margins but I’m quite pleased with the girls performance and if we beat Kenya it means we going to meet South Africa again in the final.”

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