New Zealand beats Kenya 45-0 at the 2018 Commonwealth Games

By Robert Nyanja: Friday, April 13th 2018 at 11:35 GMT +3 | Rugby
New Zealand player making her try [Photo: Courtesy]

Kenya’s Lionesses hopes of winning a medal in Women’s Rugby sevens at the Commonwealth Games faded after a shocking 45-0 defeat to New Zealand in Women’s Pool Round-Pool A, at Robina Stadium.

Woodman goes past Kenyan players [Photo: Courtesy]

Portia Woodman was the standout player for New Zealand, while Niall Williams grabbed herself a splendidly opportunistic try, chasing up to pounce as one of the Kenyans tried to shepherd the ball out over the dead-ball line.

New Zealand players celebrates after winning the match [Photo: Courtesy]

Kelly Brazier and Gayle Broughton showed fantastic footwork to step through the Kenyan defence for their tries after Woodman gave New Zealand their fast start.

Having led 19-0 at the break, a double to Williams, including one in which she chased down and dived full length Wonder Woman style to plant a kick ahead just short of the dead ball line, saw the Kiwis pull well clear.

However, Kenya will have a chance to redeem themselves in their 2nd match against Canada at 12.11pm today.

This is the first time in history Women’s Rugby sevens is being played at Commonwealth Games.

Get the latest World Cup news updates. Subscribe to our SMS sports service by texting 'SPORTS' to 22840.

VOLLEYBALL: Battle for top four finish hots up
VOLLEYBALL: Battle for top four finish hots up
Volleyball and Handball 3 weeks ago