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Uganda take Zimbabwe series 2-0

Kenya have won their two game series with Zimbabwe 2-0 with a 34-3 win in Kinshasa

Picture: Uganda Radio Network.

After their impressive 41-0 win in the first leg Uganda began the second game in the series as clear favourites.

It took just fine minutes for Uganda to get on the board, winning a penalty from the first scrum on the match, which was converted by Charlotte Mudoola. However, a yellow card for second row Winnie Atyang slowed Uganda down and it was not until shortly after her return that Uganda managed to get the scoreboard going again with two tries in quick succession from captain Peace Lekuru before another yellow, this time for hooker Yvonne Najjuma, allowed Zimbabwe a chance to breathe.

Even so at halftime Uganda led by 17-0.

Despite still being down to 14 players a well worked training move saw Emilly Lekuru running a short line and breaking the tackle to score under the posts for Uganda’s third try. 24-0.

The referee continued to warn Uganda about their high tackles, but did not give another card before prop Faith Najjuma could add a fourth try.

Into the final quarter and it was Zimbabwe who incurred the referee’s displeasure, wing Rufaro Tagarira being given a yellow card and Mudoola slotting the penalty. However, despite being down to 14, Zimbabwe held on and even scored the game’s final points, Delight Dananai slotting a penalty just before the close.

Kenya: 1 Patricia Anek, 2 Yvonne Najjuma, 3 Faith Namugga, 4 Winnie Atyang, 5 Teddy Iwutung, 6 Angella Nanyonjo, 7 Mary Gloria Ayot, 8 Lydia Namabiro, 9 Julie Nandawula, 10 Charlotte Mudoola, 11 Agnes Nakuya, 12 Peace Lekuru (captain), 13 Emilly Lekuru, 14 Grace Auma, 15 Samiya Ayikoru.
Reserves: 16 Fazila Namukwaya, 17 Peace Mirembe, 18 Lyton Nakabugo, 19 Zauma Nashuha*, 20 Maimuna Nassozi, 21 Asha Nakityo, 22 Masitula Namboozo, 23 Christine Akello.

Zimbabwe: 1 Sikhumbuzo Sophia Muchenje, 2 Patience Harubereki, 3 Melisa Ndlovu, 4 Faith Mhungira, 5 Munashe Juliet Kudzunga, 6 Nyashandzashe Gonangombe, 7 Samantha Chirongoma, 8 Rumbidzai Liliosa Chigumbu; 9 Constance Netsai Ngwende (captain), 10 Delight Dananai Mukomondo, 11 Wadzanai Hope Chidawa, 12 Chiwoniso Emelda Mabika, 13 Caroline Malenga, 14 Rufaro Tagarira, 15 Tanaka Elister Kanyepi.
Reserves: 16 Malanda Tinarwo, 17 Andile Sharmaine Moyo, 18 Tadiwanashe Charity Kwete, 19 Lindiwe Munerenyu, 20 Ruvimbo Mudyanadzo, 21 Gladys Shyline Mukome, 22 Precious Kudzanai Chirinda, 23 Robyn Mhembere.