Cape Town - The Springbok Women’s Sevens side secured a 19-19 draw
in their final pool match in the Amsterdam Sevens after going down against the
USA and New Zealand earlier in the day.
The team delivered their best performance of the season on
the opening day, as they showed initiative on attack and tightened up their
defence. But despite this they went down 26-7 against the USA and 31-7 against
However, they managed to salvage one fair result in their
final match against Fiji.
The Springbok Women’s Sevens started their clash against the
USA on a solid note with Nosiphiwo Goda scoring the first try of the match to
put the team 7-0 ahead. But their lead was short-lived as the USA bounced back
strongly with a try to level the scores.
They added another shortly before half time to take a 14-7
lead at the break, and then built on this in the second half with two more
tries to secure a 26-7 victory.
In their second match South Africa leaked an early try
against New Zealand as they missed several one-one tackles. The log-leaders
supported this with a second try minutes later thanks to another strong run
up-field for a 14-0 lead.
But South Africa hit back strongly by retaining possession
and applying pressure on the defence and created two try-scoring chances.
They failed to use the first one, but a dummy pass by
Mathrin Simmers allowed her to run in a try, which left them trailing 14-7 at
New Zealand, however, had the first say in the second half
as they scored their third try of the match to stretch their lead to 21-7. They
continued to take advantage of the gaps in the Springbok Women’s Sevens defence
as the half progressed to increase their tally to five tries for an encouraging
The Springbok Women’s Sevens showed fantastic character in
the first half of their final pool match against Fiji with tries by Mathrin
Simmers and a stunning individual try by speedster Phumeza Gadu, which were
both converted, earning them a 14-12 lead at the break.
The team, however, was dealt a blow early in the second half
as Marithy Pienaar was sin-binned, and Fiji immediately took advantage of this
as they found space out wide to score their third try for a 19-14 lead.
South Africa, however, cancelled out the lead thanks to a
try in the corner by replacement Jacqueline Kriel, who finished off a fantastic
run of play spurred on by Bok Women’s Sevens captain Zenay Jordaan. The
conversion, however, was unsuccessful, which left the teams tied at 19-19 with
seconds left on the clock.
Jordaan’s team, however, had an opportunity to secure a
victory after being awarded a penalty, but they opted to kick for touch and
settle for the draw.
The competition will conclude on Saturday.
Springbok Women’s Sevens Day 1 results in the Amsterdam
USA 26-7 SA
New Zealand 31-7 SASA 19-19 Fiji