Bok women turn focus to Wales

2014-08-07 18:30
Renfred Dazel (Gallo Images)
Paris - The Springbok Women on Thursday turned their attention to their final Women's Rugby World Cup pool match against Wales after deep introspection following their 55-3 defeat against hosts France on Tuesday.

The players spent most of Wednesday off their feet to recover from the match, but they answered among one another for their disappointing performance against France in an honest video session.

The team, however, returned to training on Thursday in Les Ulis to prepare for the Wales clash on Saturday.

This was followed by a legacy programme in Les Ulis where a few players hosted a rugby clinic with a group of local children.

"There was a sombre mood in the camp after the defeat against France, and although we knew it would be tough for us all to watch the video, it was important to see what mistakes we made so we do not repeat them against Wales," said Springbok Women's assistant coach Renfred Dazel.

"As coaches we were honest with the players about what went wrong and the players also admitted their faults, so hopefully they take the lessons learned into the next match."

Dazel, however, was pleased with the reaction by the players at training on Thursday and said: "The attitude in the camp was certainly more positive this morning and one could see the determination at training to lift their game.

"The communication and urgency at training was exactly what we wanted to see from the players.

"A large part of the session was focused on technique, but we also squeezed in some high-tempo training to get the players match ready."

Commenting on the legacy programme, Dazel was pleased to see the players showing their gratitude for the warm welcome in Les Ulis by spending time with the children and sharing their knowledge of the sport they share a deep passion for.

"We were welcomed with open arms by the Les Ulis community since we arrived in France, so it was good to see the players give something back," said Dazel.

"We have had fantastic support at every training session and the children showed their support by painting the South African flag and the Springbok emblem on T-shirts for the players when we arrived here.

"So the players really enjoyed teaching them to play rugby."

The Springbok Women's team to face Wales will be announced on Friday.


What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Did Stormers and Springboks lock Pieter-Steph du Toit deserve to be named SA Rugby Player of the Year?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.