Kenya Defeats Madagascar in The Rugby Africa Gold Cup

Philadelphia Orlando of Kenya (c) tackled by Clandia Haminiaina Rasoarihalala (l) and Farasoa Tantely Razafihahefa of Madagascar (r) during the 2019 Rugby Africa Women's Cup between Madagascar and Kenya at the Bosman Stadium, Brakpan, South Africa on 09 August 2019 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

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Kenya ended the game on top with a winning score line of 35-5, beating Madagascar on Friday in Johannesburg, South Africa
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa,
Madagascar’s Makis played against the Lionesses of Kenya during the
2019 Rugby Africa Women’s Cup, a qualifier for the 2021 Women’s
Rugby World Cup. In an enthralling game, the Lionesses beat Makis
35-5.

Madagascar pressed Kenya from the start and they managed to open
the scoring through Voronigue Rasoanekena, who ran over to score a
try to make it 5-0 to her side early on.

However, the Lionesses took control of the match and they scored three tries through Celestine Masinde, Janet Okelo and Philadelphia Orlando
to make it 15-5.

Irene Atieno converted a conversion following Orlando’s try to make it 17-5 to Kenya heading into the half-time break.

The Lionesses continued to dominate against the Makis after the restart and they extended their lead when Diana Awino and Christabel Lindo
landed two more tries to make it 27-5.

Kenya sealed their 35-5 victory over Madagascar when Janet Owino
scored a penalty before Masinde recorded her second try of the match
in the closing stages of the game.

Kenya captain Philadelphia Orlando shared his excitement:

“It was difficult for us in the beginning because Madagascar came so hard on us in the first 20 minutes. However, we remained patient in
defence and attack, and that helped us grow into the game and
ultimately, win it,” she said.

“We have to work on how we start our matches because we are not
happy with how we played in the opening stages of the game. It is
important to improve on that ahead of the next game.”

Madagascar head coach Ravoavahy Lanto Nirina also shared his
thoughts:

“We had a good first-half, but we did not take advantage of our dominance in the opening stages of the match. But overall, I think my players
played well. We are hoping to do well in the next match,” he said.

“We are satisfied with the front rows and we hope that in the game they will do much better and maybe win the game.”

The next games will take place on Tuesday, August 13 with Kenya taking on their East African rivals Uganda, while Madagascar are scheduled to face South Africa. The two matches will also take place at the Bosman
Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa,

The top-ranked team in the group after three rounds of matches will be crowned champions of the 2019 Rugby Africa Women’s Cup and will
qualify for the Women’s Rugby World Cup to be held in New Zealand in 2021.