Tunisia win women's Sevens in Africa

(IRB.COM) Tuesday 26 April 2011
 Tunisia win women's Sevens in Africa
Action between Senegal and Tunisia in the final - Photo: Francois Ruppin

Tunisia took the spoils at the CAR women's Sevens tournament in Thiès, Senegal at the weekend, beating the hosts 5-0 in the final.

In a six-team format, the Tunisians saw off Burkina Faso and Egypt in the pool stages, while the Senegalese won tight games against Cameroon and Morocco.

The two then won through to contest the tightest of finals.

"This was a wonderful advertisement for the strength and growth of both the Sevens Game and women's Rugby in Africa," said IRB Regional Development Manager, Jean-Luc Barthes.

"Last year Tunisia beat Senegal in the final by 50-0 and this year it was so much closer, decided only at the end of the second period of extra time, and amidst such drama.

"In addition, the likes of Morocco have improved a vast amount and will quickly challenge for honours, while Burkina Faso made light of their 2,500 kilometre journey by bus. It was a marvellous weekend of Rugby."

Before the tournament began, two days of seminars brought together delegates from each of the countries, as well as Niger and Nigeria, to discuss strategies and best practice for growing women's rugby in Africa.