Cape Town - Springbok Women’s coach Stanley Raubenheimer said
on Monday his team is expecting a challenging task against Wales at Cardiff
Arms Park on Saturday as they switch their focus to their first Test in four
The Springbok Women kicked off their European tour
on a winning note on Friday with a 31-12 victory against the UK Armed Forces in
Richmond, but they got back to business on Sunday after enjoying a recovery day
“There is a reason it is called a Test match, so
there will certainly be more pressure going into this game,” said Raubenheimer.
“We have not been involved a full-out Test for a
while now, so we are expecting a bit of nerves. But that said, we do not want
to make a big deal about it.
“So our focus in camp is on our preparation and
doing more of the same thing at training this week with an eye on improving our
performance on field.”
Raubenheimer said the team were in high spirits
after Friday’s victory, and he had no doubt that it would boost their
confidence looking forward.
“The vibe in the squad is good,” Raubenheimer said.
“The girls had a good recovery day on Saturday, and
we kicked off our preparation for the Wales Test yesterday with analysis of the
UK Armed Forces match.
“The victory definitely gave us confidence in our
ability to complete on tour, and hopefully we will be able to sustain this
positive approach as the tour progresses.”
While Raubenheimer was pleased with their
performance against the UK Armed Forces, he admitted that there were areas they
needed to work on as they prepare for back-to-back Tests against Wales, Italy
“I was satisfied with the team’s performance
against the UK Armed Forces,” said Raubenheimer.
“The players stuck to the plan, and we got the
result, so I am very proud of them. Our first-phase possession, in particular,
was good and it allowed us to build a platform to play from. But our breakdowns
need more work, and we need to be more accurate with ball in hand.”
Saturday’s Test will be followed by clashes against
Spain in Villajoyosa on Saturday, 17 November, and Italy in Prato on Sunday, 25