Kenya’s start to the Olympic Games in Brazil got off to a rocky start with two humbling defeats in the hands of New Zealand and France. The Kenya Lionesses, playing at the 15,000 seater Deodoro Stadium, were no match for the New Zealanders, who beat them 52 – 0, and the French team, who beat the Lionesses 40 – 7.

Portia Woodman scores a hat trick against Kenya Lionesses

Portia Woodman scores a hat trick against Kenya Lionesses

New Zealand got their match off to a flying start when Portia Woodman scored 13 seconds into the match, a move that started with a Kiwi kickoff and ended with a try without a touch of the ball from the Kenyans. The Kiwis, who currently are second in the world Seven’s Series 2015-16, went on to score eight tries, six of which were converted.

The Kenyan Lionesses then took on France, who are currently ranked fifth in the World rankings, and despite a try from Celestine Masinde, which was converted by Janet Owino, France outscored the Kenyan ladies to win comprehensively.

Kenya next face Spain at 5PM East African Time, who lost 31 – 5 to New Zealand earlier in the day.