Woeful SA women's Sevens end winless

2015-02-09 09:27
Zenay Jordaan (Gallo Images)

Johannesburg - The Springbok women's team finished the Brazil Sevens World Series in a disappointing 12th position on Sunday following defeats against Fiji and China on the final day of the tournament.

The team went down against England, Canada and Russia in a tough opening day on Saturday, which forced them to battle it out with Fiji in the Bowl semi-final on Sunday.

Despite their brave efforts they were unable to secure their first victory of the tournament and lined up against China in the 11th and 12th place playoff.

The Springbok women's Sevens gave a better account of themselves on Sunday against Fiji and put up a good fight.

Both teams scored four tries, but an unsuccessful conversion in the final movement of the match left South Africa two points behind Fiji on 24-22.

The Islanders opened up the scoring in the first minute, but South African captain Zenay Jordaan hit back with a stunning individual try to level the scores at 5-5.

Fiji, however, scored their second try minutes later, but this was cancelled out by Nosiphiwo Goda's try.

The Islanders had the final say of the half as they ran in their third try to take a 17-12 lead at the break and Levinia Tinai backed this up shortly after half-time with her hat-trick for a 24-12 lead.

South Africa hit back with intent in the dying minutes with tries by Siviwe Basweni and Jordaan, but the unsuccessful conversion denied them a place in the Bowl Final.

The team started their clash against China on an encouraging note with Jordaan finding space out wide in the opening minute to touch down. But China scored minutes later to take a 7-5 lead.

Basweni, however, gathered a pass from Springbok women's top achiever of the year Fundiswa Plaatjie to score their second try of the match.

Again their defence let them down and China scored the final try of the half to secure a 14-12 half-time lead.

They stretched this lead to 31-12 following three second-half tries, one of which earned Sun Shichao her hat-trick.

The Springbok women's Sevens, however, went down fighting with a consolation try by Jordaan in the final minute to reduce the deficit to 31-17.

Read more on:    rugby

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

SA Rugby's coaching indaba is set to take place this week. Do you think the two-day think-tank will make any difference?

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.