Celestine Masinde with historic Olympic try
By Patrick Korir | Sat 06 Aug, 2016 23:03

Mwamba’s centre Celestine registered Kenya’s first ever try at the Olympics – and Awuor Awino the first conversion, as Kenya Lionesses tied France 7-7 in the first half before going on to lose their second pool B game 40-7 at the Deodoro Stadium on Saturday 6 August.

The win handed France a ticket to the quarters as it added on to a 24-7 opening win over Spain in the opening Olympic rugby game.

Gap spotted

France went into the lead with a try in the fourth minute from Caroline Ladagnous after evading a tackle from Janet Akello – who had moments earlier had a try saving tackle. The try was followed by a Jade Le Pesq conversion for a 7-0 lead.

After good interchanges – that began from a lineout, Masinde sliced down the middle to touch down under the posts with a minute of the first half left. Awino followed it up with the conversion to tie the game at 7-7.

That effort could however not be replicated by the Lionesses in the ensuing minutes as the French slowly turned the manageable game into a rout. 

With the hooter gone, Le Pesq grabbed the ball and bolted down after spotting a gap, then added the conversion for France to lead 14-7 at half time. 

Into the second half, a quickly recycled ball saw skipper Fanny Horta go over for France third try. Ladagnous was to add her second try before Lina Guerin and Audrey Amiel made it six tries for France to carry the day with a 40-7 win.

As France hit the quarters, Kenya Lionesses will hope to finish off their group affairs on a high with a game against Spain.

New Zealand 31 Spain 5

In the game that followed France – Kenya, New Zealand – who started the day with a 52-0 win over the Lionesses booked their place in the quarters after seeing off Spain 31-5.

Portia Woodman - who had a hat trick against Kenya, birth day girl Kayla McAllister and Tyla Nathan-Wong tries saw New Zealand coast to a 19-0 lead before Maria Casado went over for Spain for a 19-5 score at half time.

McAllister added a second in the second half with Theresa Fitzpatrick finishing off the try scoring to end the game at 31-5.

Patrick Korir
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