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Africa Cup three-day tournament: Senegal return from defeat to victory

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Africa Cup three-day tournament: Senegal return from defeat to victory

Tunisia is much faster and more technical but with Senegal there is a lot more physical contact we are taking these lessons forward and we will do our best

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, October 14, 2021 / APO Group / –

The second round of the Tunisian chapter of the Africa Cup tournament saw Côte d’Ivoire play against Senegal who had previously been beaten by Tunisia. The two teams met under a gray autumn sky on October 13 at the El Menzeh rugby pitch in Tunis, the Tunisian capital.

Senegal proved their physical and technical superiority with a resounding victory over Côte d’Ivoire 45 – 5. Not only was it the first time that these two West African teams had faced each other, but the first time that they had faced each other. were playing 15 in a major tournament.

The match started off cautiously as each team tried to measure themselves, but Senegal’s No.12 quick winger Fatoumata Bah still got off to a good start as he ripped through the pitch and through the Ivory Coast wall. as a passing defense to teammate No.16 Mariem Coumba Barry was knocked down and given a penalty. As Senegal advanced, Coumba scored a daring try, bringing the score to 13 at halftime for Senegal and Cote d’Ivoire 5.

Cote d’Ivoire suffered a number of serious injuries, including two concussions, Senegal scored a brave try, but when the ball fell on the line, Cote d’Ivoire No.11 Absa Cherif , caused a long pause in the match as medics assisted him. Despite this, the morale of the Ivory Coast did not seem shaken but they did not score for the remainder of the match.

Senegal had learned from their mistakes in their match against Tunisia last Saturday by relying on their physical prowess in scrum to develop their passes and learn how to better use their wingers.

Barely three minutes into the second half, Senegal’s No.14 Amy Nyafouna scored another try, and as Côte d’Ivoire began a long series of substitutions, Senegal scored two more. tries by the n ° 10 Fatou Diame, followed by the n ° 12 Fatouma Bah bringing the score until 33 to 05 before a water break and this time it was Senegal to change players but it is the n ° 4 Dieynaba Camara who had played the entire match that marked the last two tries for Senegal winning her the title of Woman of the Match.

Senegal turned out to be respectable in losing their first game to Tunisia but winning one today Dieynaba said they learned a lot from playing 15 at this level, “we knew we had to start slow and not to make the same mistakes we made against Tunisia, “she added,” this match gave us a lot of confidence. “Senegal team coach Simon le Noir said” we kept the same game plan for this game and all tournaments “, looking to the future of the team’s 15-a-side game, he said” we want to create our own style of 15-a-side play “

Kama Tidiane, vice-president of the Ivory Coast Rugby Federation, is considering Saturday’s last match of the tournament series against Tunisia: “Tunisia is much faster and more technical but with Senegal there is a lot more physical contact, we’re taking these lessons forward and we’ll do our best.

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