Rugby Africa Women’s Sevens Solidarity Camp Tunis – Final report of the two-day tournament



Rugby Africa Women’s Sevens Solidarity Camp Tunis – Final report of the two-day tournament

The closing session of the Sevens Tunis Women’s Solidarity Camp tournament marked a notable sporting milestone. With the seven-a-side draft tournament just around the corner, the national teams of Tunisia and Madagascar have realized that there is a lot at stake and the final two days will feature competitive and opposing oppositions.

Although the Kenyan national team were unable to participate in the last two days of the tournament, the training days proved to be beneficial for all the teams, who showed strong performances.

On Friday May 7, the Madagascar national team quickly came out of the blocks by beating the host team 19-10 in the first match of the first day of the tournament. The Makis scored 3 crucial tries and two conversions to crown the victory. The Malagasy coach said his team have more chances to score but overall he was delighted to see how his team were aligning with the Tunisia national team.

Soon after, Tunisia fought for a hard-won 17-12 victory over the Malagasy team in the second and final game of the day. Tunisia managed to control position on the pitch superbly and took points when offered.

On Saturday May 8, the closing ceremony was honored by the presence of Mr. Khaled Babbou, the President of Rugby Africa (, His Excellency Shinsuke Shimizu, the Ambassador of Japan in Tunisia and Mr. Aref Belkhiria, the President of Tunisia Rugby who declared the session open.

It was an exciting day at the El-Manzah rugby stadium in Tunis, the two teams were just more “starting”.

Precision and patience in defense led to more opportunities, and with that, room to attack. The last two games of the camp ended in a victory for each side.

The Tunisian ladies did not have the chance to lose their grip on the first match. Although they tied the opposition for most of the game, the Malagasy just got the upper hand and scored twice. Tunisia fought a try but it was not quite enough and the score remained 12-5.

Then, in the most exciting and perhaps the best played match of the day, the Tunisian “Gazelles” played their best rugby with five big tries, two of which were converted. Without lack of effort and character on the part of the Makis, the Tunisian players were convincing and provided an appropriate conclusion to this dense and emotional Women’s Sevens Solidarity Camp.

Special thanks to the referees for their competent refereeing during the camp. They put together elaborate preparations and showed excellent skills throughout the matches.

Finally, Tunisia Rugby was very happy to organize this wonderful Women Sevens Solidarity Camp under the theme “Africa As One” and to see its social media platforms overwhelmed by peaceful and harmonious messages from rugby fans from all over Africa. and the world!

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