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Rugby: Shujaa and Lionesses to face Portugal and Russia in Madrid 7s

RUGBY By Washington Onyango | February 27th 2021
April 8, 2018 - Kenya's Billy Odhiambo is tackled by Fiji's Samisoni Viriviri. [REUTERS]

Kenya 7s and Lionesses return to action today (Saturday) for the Madrid 7s International Tournament’s second leg in Spain.

Shujaa will have five matches at the round-robin stage with the addition of Chile who are expected to feature in the two-day tournament.

Shujaa will kick start their campaign with a tie against Portugal at 1:06 PM (East African Time) before facing USA at 4:34 PM.

Kenya will then face hosts Spain in their final match of the day at 7:18 PM.

On Sunday, Shujaa will face new entrants Chile at 1:20 PM EAT and will conclude their round-robin campaign against last weekend’s winners Argentina at 3:42 PM.

Kenya finished second to Argentina last weekend during the Madrid 7s first leg as Lionesses finished fifth.

The Innocent Simiyu coached side fell 21-14 to Argentina in the men’s final. They had earlier defeated Portugal 36-5, USA 36-5, Spain 19-5 before losing 21-7 to the Argentines in pool play.

For Kenya Lionesses, they will once again start off with a clash against Russia before tackling Poland and USA on Saturday. On Sunday, Felix Oloo’s charges will play France and host Spain.

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The women’s team, Lionesses, lost all their fixtures as they finished fifth out of five teams in action. Felix Oloo’s charges lost 41-0 to Russia, 63-5 to France, 29-7 to USA, 10-7 to Spain and 15-7 to Poland before losing the fifth place playoff 12-10 to Spain.

The tournament is sponsored by World Rugby in preparation for the Tokyo Games is organized by the Spanish Rugby Federation (FER).

The top two teams after the round-robin phase are expected to face off in the finals while the third and fourth-placed teams will meet in the third-place playoffs. The bottom-placed teams will play the fifth-place play-offs.

Saturday Madrid 7s Fixtures

Kenya vs Portugal- 1.06pm

Kenya vs USA- 4.34pm

Kenya vs Spain- 7.18pm

Lionesses vs Russia- 12pm

Lionesses vs Poland- 3.28pm

Lionesses vs USA- 5.50pm

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