Rugby Sevens: South Africa’s Women Power Through to African Title

South Africa continued its dominance of women’s rugby sevens in Africa by winning the 2015 Women’s Rugby Sevens African Championship. The 10 team tournament was split into two groups of five teams where the top two advance to the semifinals. The winner of the tournament was given a spot to compete at the Olympics. The Women’s Rugby Sevens African Championship was held in Johannesburg, South Africa from September 26th to September 27th 2015.

Group A was dominated by South Africa as they went undefeated and did not concede a try. Zimbabwe was the runner-up comfortably defeating their other opponents, but they fell to South Africa in a 33-0 match.

Group B was won by Kenya whom also went undefeated in group play. There was almost an upset early in the group stage as Madagascar pushed Tunisia to the limit. In the end Tunisia won the match 15-12. The other big match was between Tunisia and Kenya where Kenya used the 19-7 win to ultimately win the group.

In the semifinals both South Africa and Kenya won their matches comfortably against Tunisia and Zimbabwe as they won 34-0 and 39-0 respectively to advance to the finals. In the final Kenya became the first team to score a try against South Africa as they took an early lead. The lead was short-lived though as South Africa took control of the match to win and qualify to the Olympics with a score of 31-5. Tunisia won the bronze medal by defeating Zimbabwe 33-0.

While South Africa recently lost its core status for the women’s World Series they will use the next year to improve their fitness and show that they belong among the top nations. For the other three semi-finalists they will all get a second chance to qualify to the Olympics at the final Olympic qualification tournament to be held in 2016.

Tournament Rankings

  1. South Africa
  2. Kenya
  3. Tunisia
  4. Zimbabwe
  5. Madagascar
  6. Senegal
  7. Uganda
  8. Namibia
  9. Botswana
  10. Zambia



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