South Africa wins the Rugby Africa Women’s Sevens 2019 (Source: Rugby Africa)

South Africa won the 2019 Rugby Africa Women’s Sevens tournament, beating Kenya 15-14 in the final match on Sunday in Tunisia.

The tournament ball for the Rugby Africa Women’s Sevens 2019. (Source: Rugby Africa)

South Africa and Kenya are both now entitled to participate in a qualification tournament for the World Rugby Sevens Series.

The day started at 09:30 with South Africa beating Morocco 42-00.

South African player about to stop the Moroccan attack. South Africa defeated Morocco 42-0. (Source: Rugby Africa)

South Africa next came out on top against Madagascar 29-00 in the semi-final game while host Tunisia was shown the way out by Kenya after a 00-19 loss.  Madagascar went on to claim the third place after beating Tunisia 05-00.

The final clash between South Africa and Kenya resulted in a victory for the South Africans by a small gap. The final result was 15-14.

South African players celebrate the victory of the tournament (Source: Rugby Africa)

Paul Delport (Head Coach, South Africa) said: “I’m very proud of our ladies. In the beginning, we struggled to find our rhythm, but (on Sunday) they stepped up.

“Kudos to Kenya, they played really well, at times, I thought we kept them in the game, but I guess that’s the game of sevens. People want to see an entertaining match and both teams delivered that.

“The tournament was fantastic, this is our first time in Tunisia, it’s a wonderful place and the people are very friendly. The organisation was very well put together so we were really happy to be here.”

South Africa wins the Rugby Africa Women’s Sevens 2019
(Source: Rugby Africa)

Khaled Babbou (President, Rugby Africa) said: I was very happy with the tournament and the finals… I ask all teams to prepare well, because we have seen many surprises in this tournament. Kenya for example, lost to South Africa by a very small margin. I hope that in the future, things will improve on every level, and I am confident they will.”

Final ranking of Rugby Africa Women’s Sevens 2019:

  1. South Africa
  2. Kenya
  3. Madagascar
  4. Tunisia
  5. Uganda
  6. Senegal
  7. Morocco
  8. Zimbabwe
  9. Ghana
  10. Zambia
  11. Botswana
  12. Mauritius