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Kenyan ladies XV beat hosts Uganda to retain rugby Elgon Cup | Coastweek

KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) -- Uganda’s Lady Cranes players [left] compete with Kenya Lionesses players during the final and second leg of the 2019 Elgon Cup at Kyadondo Rugby Grounds in Kampala, capital of Uganda. Kenya Lionesses players [right] celebrate after winning the 2019 Elgon Cup. The Lionesses beat Uganda’s Lady Cranes 35-5 to win the 2019 Elgon Cup, 79-19 on aggregate after winning the first leg 44-14 in June. XINHUA PHOTOS - HAJARAH NALWADDA

Kenyan ladies XV beat hosts Uganda to retain rugby Elgon Cup

by John Kwoba NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya national women’s rugby team head coach Felix Oloo says his players must focus on the upcoming World Cup qualification matches in South Africa, despite having dominated neighbors Uganda in the regional Elgon Cup.

Oloo says there are more challenging tasks ahead, and believes his side will show well against Uganda, Madagascar and hosts South Africa to book their place at the Women’s World Cup in New Zealand in 2021.

"What [the Elgon Cup] showed us was that Uganda have heavy forwards and they will be out to display their defensive play again when we meet.

"However, we are well prepared for this encounter," said Oloo on Monday in Nairobi.

The coach, however, warned against complacency from his squad and told them not to celebrate their win over Uganda in the Elgon Cup.

Kenya beat their neigbors 35-5 to win the 2019 Elgon Cup 79-19 on aggregate, after winning the first leg 44-14 in June in Nairobi.

"Our focus must always be on the Africa Women’s tournament in South Africa in August.

"We have four teams and that tournament will double up as the 2021 Women’s World Cup qualifiers," said Oloo.

Kenya will play Madagascar on August 9 before taking on Uganda four days later and facing South Africa on August 17.

The winner of the tournament will qualify directly for the 2021 World Cup in New Zealand, while the runners-up will qualify for a repechage tournament via a play-off against a side from South America.

"The easiest route to the World Cup is to win here in Africa.

"Going through the repechage is a taxing and hard road.

"It is better we hold our ground and clear this qualification hurdle at the continental level and build on it towards the global championship," Oloo added.
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Kenya beat hosts Uganda to retain rugby Elgon Cup

by Andrew Oyada KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) -- Kenya’s rugby team retained the regional Elgon Cup after defeating Uganda 16-5 in the return leg here on Saturday.

Having lost the first leg 16-13 last month in Kisumu, the visiting Kenyan team needed an outright win if they were to retain the trophy.

Ronald Kanyanya gave Uganda the lead with a try, but Phillip Wokorach missed the conversion.

The visiting Kenyan side fought back to score through Billy Odhiambo and Jacob Ojee converted to give them an 8-5 half time lead.

In the second half, Ojwee added another try for Kenya and converted a penalty to make it 16-5.

The home side tried to fight back, but failed to break the Kenyan back-line.

"The team played well and I am happy that we came here and won the game having lost at home," Kenya coach Paul Odera told Xinhua.

The Elgon Cup, which is named after Mount Elgon, is shared by the two countries and made it debut in 2004.

             

 

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