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Blow as Lionesses fall to Springboks in the Rugby Africa Women’s Cup

The Kenya Women Rugby national team, Lionesses, dreams of participating in the World Cup and WXV3 were shuttered after a second defeat in the Rugby Africa Women’s Cup at the hands of Springbok Women on Wednesday afternoon in the match in Antananarivo, Madagascar.

Led by coach Paul Murunga, the Lionesses witnessed an impressive performance from the South African team, who recorded a convincing 63-5 victory over the Lionesses.

From the start, the Springbok Women showed their dominance, with Lusanda Dumke scoring within the first four minutes to set the tone for the match. Throughout the match, South Africa dominated proceedings, with Dumke and Aphiwe Ngwevu constantly threatening the Lionesses, making it difficult for the Kenyan team to gain momentum.

Despite glimpses of brilliance from the Lionesses, Rose Otieno scored Kenya’s only try with a Diana Omoso conversion that sailed wide; the team struggled with handling errors and missed tackles, allowing the Springbok Women to maintain control. The South African side took advantage of these opportunities, with Sikholiwe Mdletshe and Jacomina Cilliers contributing to their team’s scoreline.

The Springbok Women continued their relentless attack as the match progressed, scoring five tries in the second half to secure their comprehensive victory.

With this defeat, the Kenyan Lionesses will now focus on their upcoming match against Cameroon in the 2024 Rugby Africa Women’s Cup; However, this match will not have any impact as their World Cup dreams have taken a blow.

The tournament winner automatically qualifies for the World Cup, while the first runner-up qualifies for the WXV3 competition.

Despite the setback, the Lionesses will look to regroup and perform strongly in their final match of the tournament on Sunday, May 12.