Springbok Women's Sevens off to strong HK start
April 05, 2018
The Springbok Women's Sevens team will face Wales in the quarterfinals of the HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series Qualifying tournament on Friday and remained on track to win the ticket that will secure core status in the World Series.

The WomenBoks finished second in pool A after winning two of their three matches on Day One at the So Kon Po Stadium in Hong Kong.

They started strongly with a 31-0 win over Mexico, and then outplayed Papua New Guinea 26-17, before dropping a 24-12 result to Kenya in the pool decider.

Springbok Women's Sevens coach, Paul Delport, said the defeat was a disappointment, but that they are still on track to qualify for the World Series in 2018/19.

"We did not do ourselves any justice in that last match against Kenya and I told the team that it was an underwhelming performance. I do not mind being outplayed, but not out-desired. They wanted the win more and that is not what this jersey stands for," Delport said.

"They are not playing for themselves, but for a much bigger picture and that is why our effort against Kenya was poor. We are still on track though and will come back fresh and determined tomorrow to face Wales."

In the match against Kenya, tries by Eloise Webb and Veroeshka Grain were not enough as their fellow Africans scored a first-ever win over South Africa.

They scored four tries to two, a good reflection on the run of play.

Earlier though, the Springbok Women's Sevens showed good form in their opening matches against Mexico and Papua New Guinea.

South Africa had a strong start against Mexico, with captain, Zintle Mpupha, finishing off some good interplay amongst her teammates to score the first try of the campaign. Nadine Roos was on the score sheet shortly afterwards, finishing off some strong work on the inside to edge the WomenBoks 10-0 ahead.

A second by Roos, converted by Chane Stadler, had South Africa 17-0 up at the break.

The second half saw two more tries to South Africa, scored by Unathi Mali and Zenay Jordaan, with Stadler converting one and Roos the other. Against PNG, a strong second half was needed to beat the South Sea team.

PNG opened the scoring for a 5-0 lead, before Mathrin Simmers sprinted away to score, with Zenay Jordaan converting.

PNG scored just before the break though, to take a 10-7 lead. The second half saw some help from the bench, with Unathi Mali scoring an intercept try after Zintle Mpupha's try edged the WomenBoks ahead.

Mali's try was the buffer needed and when Nadine Roos scored her third of the tournament, it was all over. PNG scored a late try, but it was all in vain.


South Africa v Mexico- tries: Zintle Mpupha, Nadine Roos (2), Unathi Mali, Zenay Jordaan. Conversions: Roos, Chane Stadler (2).
South Africa v PNG - tries: Mathrin Simmers, Zintle Mpupha, Unathi Mali, Nadine Roos. Conversions: Zenay Jordaan (3).
South Africa v Kenya - tries: Eloise Webb, Veroeshka Grain. Conversion: Jordaan

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