Nairobi – The women’s national rugby sevens team, The Kenya Lionesses, started their Olympics campaign on a losing note and fell 29-7 against the Rio 2016 silver medalists in New Zealand on Thursday.
The Black Ferns ran in five attempts, one of which was converted, while the lionesses’ only attempt was punctured by Christabel Lindo.
The Lionesses will next play their second Pool A game against Russia at 1pm, trying to get the win to keep their hopes for the Cup quarter alive.
The Lionesses were punished for their own mistakes after being pinned into their own half by the New Zealanders right from kick-off.
Stacey Fluhler scored the New Zealander’s first try just 54 seconds after the game and stretched out on the left to cross the line after Kenya’s skipper Philadelphia Olando failed to recognize the kick-off and her touch gave the Black Ferns a line for possession .
They took a 12-0 lead on another attempt on the left channel when Kenya again lost possession and the New Zealanders patiently swung the ball to the left before Michaela Blyde touched down for the second and the conversion slashed the post.
The 2016 Rio silver medalists stretch 17-0 again after Kenya lost possession. The Kenyans couldn’t choose their own line and New Zealand took the opportunity to swing left again before veteran Portia Woodman deserved a try.
However, Kenya made sure they got at least one way back with the final game of the first half when they eventually crossed halftime.
They decided to play the ball out of the tackles and Lindo snuck between two markers to score, and the attempt turned when they went on break at 17-7.
But the Black Ferns were adamant in the second half, adding two more attempts to seal the game.
Michaela added her second score after another change of possession. The ball was swung to the right and Michaela simply galloped up to puncture down.
Gayle Broughton then completed the win for New Zealand from another piece of patient buildup. She was given space on the left, and she got some fancy footwork off her markings before crossing the whitewash.