South Africa have successfully defended their C.A.R Africa Women's Sevens title after beating hosts Kenya 15-0 in the final 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, reports the Kenyan RFU.
Cisse sira Camara (right) of Senegal holds on Kenya’s Philadelphia Olado
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."
Despite the defeat Kenya's Coach Kevin Wambua was proud of his girl’s performance.
“We need more matches of this caliber for us to be able to compete with teams like South Africa. This is our second tournament after the Hong Kong IRB series and I think they girls played their hearts out-they’ve proved that they can perform like Shujaa team,” said Wambua
Kenya stormed into Cup final after stunning Tunisia 14-10 as South Africa whitewashed surprise package Zimbabwe 43-0 in the other semis.
Tunisia took the lead through Rewya Thmani, before Rachel Adhiambo touched down to level the score before Janet Awino scored her conversion to make it 7-5 half time.
On resumption, a Doreen Remour dummy allowed her to cut through and race to the touchline to stretch Kenya’s lead, Janet Awino converted, but Tunisian Houda Benabojilee scored try but could not propel her side into the final as the match ended 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.
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