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South Africa win African Sevens

South Africa confirmed their position as the leading women's team on the continent when they lifted the CAR African Sevens titles in Tunis yesterday.

Six teams took part in only the second full-representative African Sevens tournament, held in Tunis yesterday (Saturday 20th April).

The top five teams from last September''s Africa sevens world cup qualification tournament - Tunisia, Kenya, Uganda, Senegal and Zimbabwe - were joined by South Africa, who did not enter last year as they had already qualified for Moscow. For both South Africa and Tunisia it was also an important warm-up for Sevens World Cup.

South Africa swept to the final without conceding a point - 27-0 and 36-0 pool wins over Senegal and Kenya respectively being following by a 17-0 win over Uganda in the semi-final. 

Tunisia's route to the semi-finals was not quite as decisive - Uganda coming within a try of upsetting the hosts in their pool game - but the Tunisians held on to win 12-5 and, with a 17-0 win over Zimbabwe, found themselves up against Kenya in a repeat of last year's final.

Six months ago Tunisia were pushed all the way by the East Africans, sneaking home thanks only to their being able to convert their tries, but it was a mark of how Tunisia have moved forward since their qualification that they won this week's encounter by three tries to one, 15-7.

The final belonged to South Africa, however, using their far greater experience to win comfortably. Although Tunisia did manage to break the South African's perfect defensive record with a try, South Africa scored five to win by 29-5.

In other games Uganda beat their great rivals Kenya 12-0 to take third, and Zimbabwe gained revenge over Senegal to finish fifth.