In a brilliant display of complete rugby the Springbok Women got of tho a start in the 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup Qualifiers at the Bosman Stadium in Brakpan, cruising to a comprehensive 89-5 victory against Uganda in a rewarding Women’s Day performance.
Some would argue that not much must be read in this win but if a team win with this margin a still manage to stay within their structured gameplan it is testament of a quality side being coached by quality coaches. Admittingly I was very sceptic regarding woman playing rugby and the previous three IPL games I watched did not help to convert me at all, but today I was hooked. It is unfair to single out players but players like Eloise Webb, Zintle Mpupha, Aseza Hele and captain Babalwa Latsha would have been super stars in South Africa if they were men.
The team racked up an impressive 15 tries with lock Rights Mkhari and fullback Eloise Webb earning hat-tricks, while Zintle Mpupha (centre), Snenhlanhla Shozi (winger) and Sinazo Mcatshulwa (flanker) scored braces.
Such was the Springbok Women’s dominance, they led 62-0 at halftime thanks to 10 first-half tries, and they maintained the pressure after the break to add five more.
“I am very pleased with the performance,” said Raubenheimer. “Some things worked out very well for us, but there were things that didn’t work out, so we have a few things to work on. But in general, I am happy.
“I thought our running game was good and we showed that we can use the ball, but there were times where we created opportunities but perhaps over-played a little. I would also like us to work more on our set pieces.”
The coach was pleased with the points’ difference they achieved in the match, especially with Kenya also winning their match against Madagascar with a bonus point, and said: “It is good. We still have hurdles to clear, so it is pleasing to have these points in the bank.”
The Springbok Women will meet Madagascar in their round-two encounter at the Bosman Stadium on Tuesday, 17 August, with Kenya taking on Uganda, while Raubenheimer’s charges will line up against Kenya in their final match on Saturday, 17 August, with Madagascar facing Uganda.
The team at the top of the standings at the conclusion of the competition will book their spot in the 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.
Springbok Women: Tries: Rights Mkhari (3), Sinazo Mcatshulwa (2), Zintle Mpupha (2), Babalwa Latsha, Ayanda Malinga, Yonela Ngxingolo, Eloise Webb (3), Snenhlanhla Shozi (2). Conversions: Tayla Kinsey (6), Snenhlanhla Shozi (2).
Uganda: Try: Samiya Ayikoru.