Lionesses Slap Hong Kong, Uganda To Keep World Series Dream Rolling

Apr 04 - by Mutwiri Mutuota for SportPesa News

Kenya register two successive victories in Group B and remain on course of lifting the title that would see them earn Core Status for next season

Kenya's Janet Okelo launches an attack against Hong Kong on day one of the World Rugby Women's Sevens Series Qualifier in Hong Kong on 4 April, 2019. PHOTO: Mike Lee /KLC fotos for World Rugby

  • Having silenced neighbours Uganda 24-0, Kevin Wambua's girls raced to a 36-5 victory over the hosts to join Brazil and Papua New Guinea as the teams that chalked two pool victories on the trot
  • After the restart, the ladies sent the ball wide to find winger Janet “Shebesh” Okello who swung past the Uganda defenders to score the second try with Adhiambo coming through with the extras
  • Adhiambo scored the Lionesses fourth try and her brace at the corner before being substituted after spotting and taking the gap between her defense line. The conversion sailed wide for the score to remain at 24-0 at full time

HONG KONG, Hong Kong- Kenya Lioness remained on the path to qualifying for next season's HSBC World Rugby Sevens series when they notched their second successive victory in Pool B of the Hong Kong 7s on Thursday morning.

Having silenced neighbours Uganda 24-0, Kevin Wambua's girls raced to a 36-5 victory over the hosts to join Brazil and Papua New Guinea as the teams that chalked two pool victories on the trot.

Missed tackles proved to be costly for the home side where in contrast the Lionesses kept their opponents out and worked well in attack for the win where Grace Adhiambo and Diana Awino bagged a brace of tries with Camilla Atieno and skiper Philadelphia Olando crossing the whitewash. 

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Janet Owino and Grace Adhiambo who kicked between the sticks twice added the extras.

Dotted down

In their opening encounter, Olando was first on the scoreboard as she dotted down giving Lionesses the first five points of the match with Adhiambo missing the conversation.

After the restart, the ladies sent the ball wide to find winger Janet “Shebesh” Okello who swung past the Uganda defenders to score the second try with Adhiambo coming through with the extras. 

Sinaida Aura then raced down the pitch but was tackled at the opponents 5m mark, despite Uganda’s stiff defense, the Lionesses managed to break through it and land their third try through Adhiambo and she added the conversion.

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Adhiambo scored the Lionesses fourth try and her brace at the corner before being substituted after spotting and taking the gap between her defense line. The conversion sailed wide for the score to remain at 24-0 at full time.

The winner of Hong Kong 7s will book their place as a Core team in the 2019/20 series.