Springbok Women seal series win against Kenya’s Lionesses

JOHANNESBURG, (SATSports) – South Africa narrowly defeated Kenya 29-22 in their second Test match at the Danie Craven Stadium in Stellenbosch on Monday to seal a 2-0 series win.

The second Test saw a much improved performance from Kenya who suffered a 12-try 66-0 demolition in the first Test on Thursday at the same venue.

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That game saw the Springbok Women make a return to international competition for the first time in close to two years as the team did not play a Test match for the whole of 2020 due to COVID-19.

However, Kenya put in a better performance as a much-changed side took to the field boasting the additions from the Sevens team which had played at the recently concluded Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

Despite a valiant effort, South Africa proved too strong, outscoring Kenya by four tries to three. Lusanda Dumke (2), Jakkie Cilliers, Libbie Janse van Rensburg dotted down for the Springbok Women while Cilliers added a penalty and a conversion and Zenay Jordaan kicked two conversions.

Dumke’s match-winning try, which was converted by Jordaan, came with just two minutes left on the clock with the scores level at 22-22.

Kenya’s tries were scored by Grace Adhiambo, Christabel Lindo and Janet Musindalo. Adhiambo added two conversions and a penalty.

The  series was organized to give South Africa some much-needed game time in readiness for the 2021 Rugby World Cup and also help Kenya prepare for its World Cup qualifier.

Kenya will play Colombia in their Rugby World Cup Repechage qualifier on August 25 at the Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi.

The Repechage tournament will consist of the second placed teams in the Asia, Europe and Oceania regional tournaments and the winner of the play-off between South America and second-placed team from the Africa regional qualifier.

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