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Thanks to their victory against the hosts last Saturday, Kenya knew a bonus-point win would likely be enough to book their place in WXV 3, whatever happened in Sunday’s second match, and they started quickly at Stade Makis.

Less than four minutes were on the clock when Nelly Chikombe touched down to give the Lionesses their opening try of the match.

Grace Okulu added the extras and then converted her own score two minutes later to help Kenya build a 14-0 lead within the blink of an eye.

The Lionesses found it more difficult to break down the Cameroon defence as the half wore on but with Gladys Magala in the sin bin, Judith Okumu supplied the third Kenyan try of the match to give her side a 19-0 half-time lead.

Cameroon’s task was made infinitely harder in the 47th minute as Danielle Moudangwedi was shown a red card, but it was the west Africans who struck next as Assouga Rosine Ntsa landed a penalty.

Any hopes of an unlikely comeback were quashed soon afterwards, though, as Phoebe Otieno notched the try that confirmed a bonus point for Kenya.

Stella Wafula and Okulu breached the Cameroon try-line twice more in the next 10 minutes, and the Lionesses would run in another two tries in the final quarter to make the score 52-3 at full-time.

Kenya join Ireland and Kazakhstan in confirming their place in WXV 3. Those three teams will be joined by either Italy or Spain and one each from Oceania and South America.

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