Cape Town - Springbok Women’s Sevens coach Renfred Dazel was satisfied
with his team’s remarkable improvement and some strong performances to finish
eighth in Dubai on Friday, despite suffering defeats in all three of their
matches during the day.
The Bok Women’s Sevens went down to New Zealand in their Cup
quarter-final in the opening match of the day, 39-0, and then lost 19-12
against Canada in the fifth place semi-final and 31-5 against France in the
Dazel was satisfied with his team’s improvement in the
tournament since they last featured on the World Series 18 months ago.
“The girls played well,” said Dazel, who guided his team to
the quarter-final for the first time during his coaching tenure.
“We came to
Dubai seeded in 12th place and we finished eighth, which is very
pleasing. Unfortunately the results did not go our way on Friday, but we will
remain positive going forward,” said Dazel.
“One of the biggest lessons we learned was to get the girls
to maintain their form on the second day because they performed very well on
the first day, but they were overwhelmed by the occasion of playing in the
quarter-final and their quality of play dropped on the second day.”
Looking ahead, Dazel said: “Going forward we would like to
get new players in the set-up and keep working hard so hopefully we can play
our way back onto the World Series circuit next year.”
In their opening match, New Zealand stamped their authority
early on and scored three first-half tries for a 17-0 lead at the break, and
they built on this in the second half with another four tries to secure victory
Veroeshka Grain’s team started their fifth place semi-final
against Canada slowly as they allowed the opposition to score two first-half
tries to take an encouraging 12-0 lead. They added their third try early in the
second half to push their score to 19 points.
But the Springbok Women’s Sevens staged a dramatic comeback
with Phumeza Gadu and Zintle Mpupha scoring tries in the closing minutes to
trail 19-12. With the clock winding down fast, they were unable to add to this
score and had to settle for the seven-point defeat.
The Bok Women’s Sevens started their clash strongly against
France with Nadine Roos, who scored three tries on Thursday, opening up the
scoring in the fourth minute. But they were unable to build on this as France
stepped up their attack and tightened up their defence, which saw them run in
five tries for a 31-5 victory.
Springbok Women’s Sevens Day 2 results, Dubai World
New Zealand 39-0 SA
SA 12-19 Canada
SA 5-31 France
Bok Women’s Sevens Day 1 results, Dubai Women’s Sevens
SA 5–38 Australia
SA 26-7 USA
SA 14-19 Russia