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South Africa overpower Kenya

South Africa hit Kenya with a 66-0 defeat yesterday - Kenya biggest ever test defeat.

Springbok Women's Zintle Mpupha in action againt Kenya Lioness during a test match played in South Africa.[Courtesy-Springbok]

Kenya were well beaten 66-0 by South Africa in the first of a two-test series designed to warm them up for their World Cup qualifier against Colombia, planned for later this month.

South Africa scored 12 unanswered tries in the match in a test match played at Stellenbosch.

Zintle Mpupha scored four tries to lead the Springbok Women to a massive win in their first international outing in almost two years.

Eloise Webb bagged a brace alongside Veroeshka Grain and Sizophila Solontsi as Felicia Jacobs, Chumisa Qawe and Sinazo Mcatshulwa also got to the score sheet.

Kenya started the match well, keeping the ball through a number of phases, but the Springbok Women were not allowing them any spaces to score.

Mpupha scored the first of her three first-half tries from the first attack, with the ball sent wide after a good forward set-up and it was 5-0 after eight minutes.

A minute later she scored again - after good break down the right by wing Veroeshka Grain, before the ball was worked to the left and Mpupha went over in the same corner.

Grain then turned provider to send fullback Eloise Webb over in the corner for the first of her two tries. Flanker Lusanda Dumke had a strong burst which had the Kenyan defence under pressure and from the resulting play, Webb found space to score.

Kenya started to gain some ground in the game, mainly by using their pack of forwards, which forced SA into conceding penalties.

It also stopped the local side's scoring spree, but only temporarily as Grain was sent over in the corner after a lineout win near the Kenyan line.

The ball was moved swiftly and with good passing to the right and after 25 minutes, Grain added the fourth try of the match.

Webb scored her second 29 minutes in. The Bok lineout drive was stopped, but when the ball was moved to the back, Webb joined the line at the correct moment and angle to beat two defenders to the line.

Mpupha converted for a 27-0 lead, before she went over for her third try just before the break after the South Africans kicked ahead and won the race to the line.

Solontsi scored from a powerful Bok scrum to bring the half to a close.

The second half started in the same try-scoring fashion. Jacobs scored a quick try from close range before inside centre Chumisa Qawe’s hard run resulted in her five pointer, which was converted by Mpupha to take the lead out to 49-0.

Mpupha then added her fourth before she was given a well-earned rest.

Kenya will play South Africa again on Monday.

South Africa: 15. Eloise Webb (Boland Dames; three caps, 20 points); 14. Veroeshka Grain (DHL Western Province; 11 caps 15 points); 13. Zintle Mpupha (DHL Western Province; seven caps, 27 points); 12. Chumisa Qawe (DHL Western Province; two caps, 10 points); 11. Alichia Arries (DHL Western Province; debut); 10. Zenay Jordaan (EP Queens; 32 caps 65 points); 9. Felicia Jacobs (DHL Western Province; four caps, 0 points); 8. Sizophila Solontsi (Cell C Sharks Women; four caps, 0 points); 7. Sinazo Mcatshulwa (DHL Western Province; seven caps, 10 points); 6. Lusanda Dumke (captain – Border Ladies; seven caps, 5 points); 5. Catha Jacobs (Blue Bulls Women; debut); 4. Nompumelelo Mathe (Cell C Sharks Women; three caps, 0 points); 3. Yonela Ngxingolo (Border Ladies; nine caps, 5 points; 2. Lindelwa Gwala (Cell C Sharks Women; 10 caps, 5 points); 1. Asithandile Ntoyanto (Border Ladies; five caps, 5 points)
Replacements: 16. Micke Gunter (Cell C Sharks Women, debut); 17. Sanelisiwe Charlie (EP Queens, debut); 18. Amahle Nyoba (EP Queens, debut); 19. Lerato Makua (Blue Bulls Women, debut); 20. Ziyanda Ngohlekana (SWD Eagirls, debut); 21. Donelle Snyders (DHL Western Province, debut); 22. Libbie Janse van Rensburg (Blue Bulls Women, debut ); 23. Aphiwe Ngwevu (Boland Dames; five caps, 15 points)

Kenya: 1.Mercy Migongo, 2. Staycy Atieno(Vice-Captain), 3. Rose Otieno, 4. Peruse Muyuka, 5. Naomi Amuguni, 6. Mitchelle Akinyi, 7. Diana Kemunto, 8. Laurine Akoth, 9. Faith Marindany, 10. Joy Kendagor(Captain), 11. Priscah Nyerere, 12. Winnie Owino, 13. Sophia Ayieta, 14. Linet Moraa, 15. Sinaida Nyachio.
Replacements: 16. Knight Otuoma, 17. Julliet Nyambura, 18. Evelyne Kalemera, 19. Bernadette Olesia, 20. Leah Wambui, 21. Judith Auma, 22. Anne Njeri, 23. Anne Goreti.