Cape Town - The Springbok women's Sevens team suffered three
disappointing defeats on Day 1 of the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series
opener in Dubai, losing their Pool A matches against New Zealand, USA and
The South Africans were outmuscled in their opening match
against the leading team in the world, losing 40-0 to New Zealand. They seemed
set to beat USA, leading with the last play of the match, but the American side
scored a long range try that sealed South Africa's fate with a 19-15 win.
In their last match on Day One, the Springbok women's Sevens
could not handle the physicality of France and were outplayed 31-5.
Coach Renfred Dazel still saw some positives in their
performances and is looking to a better showing on Day 2 of the Dubai Sevens.
"We need these tournaments, seeing that we are not a
core member on the circuit, because you can only improve if you play the best
teams in the world. We had three tough matches lined up, but the learning curve
was steep. New Zealand smashed us and France also won easily, but I thought we
had the match in the bag against USA, only for them to score that late
try," Dazel said.
"We are not down though. We are here to learn and
improve, especially with the end goal in mind, playing at the Commonwealth
Games and Rugby Sevens World Cup next year. We need to keep improving and we
can only do so if we learn from matches like these."
Dazel was pretty pleased that they suffered no injuries and
that a player like Marithy Pienaar came back from injury without a problem.
“We have another opportunity tomorrow to play against core
teams. We must use that to learn and grow. There are positives, but also lots
to work on. We have a good opportunity tomorrow.”
New Zealand 40-0 South Africa
USA 19-15 South Africa
France 31-5 South Africa