The Lionesses finished 12th in the 2018 Women’s Dubai7s tournament. They trailed Fiji 12-0 in the second half of the eleventh place play off before Janet Okello broke the Fijian defense to score Kenya’s solitary try. Fiji dotted down their third try in this final at the buzzer securing their 19-5 win.
Earlier in the Challenge Trophy Semifinal, Lionesses lost 24-7 to Spain while Fiji suffered a narrow 10-12 loss to China.
Lionesses Dubai7s Day One scorecard
vs NZ 34-7 (L)
vs Ireland 27-12 (L)
vs Russia 19-00 (L)
Challenge Trophy Semis: 7-24 vs Spain (L)
11th Place Play Off: 5-19 vs Fiji (L)
Shujaa on the other hand kicked off their campaign with a 14-35 loss to Scotland. Dennis Ombachi and Johnstone Olindi landed the two tries for Shujaa with Wahinya and Olindi adding a conversion each. The second match against France is what sent Shujaa to the Dubai7s Challenge Trophy as they lost 17-21. Shujaa was trailing 0-14 at half time; in the second half, Shujaa landed three back to back tries for them to take a 17-14 lead but France’s last minute try handed them the 21-17 win.
They play Fiji at 6:06pm EAT.