Cape Town - Springbok
Women’s coach Stanley Raubenheimer has praised his team’s character despite
suffering a 38-15 defeat in their series decider against Scotland at the City
Park Stadium in Cape Town on Saturday, where they were outscored six tries to
made better use of their chances in the first half and crossed the tryline
three times, while the Springbok Women were only able to score a penalty goal,
which saw them enter the break 19-3 down.
half was competitive as Scotland added three tries – the last of which was on
the stroke of fulltime - while the Springbok Women touched down twice.
is obviously disappointing, but I am satisfied with the performance and the
character the team showed,” said Raubenheimer.
“We competed well, our defence
was a little better than Monday, although a few errors there once again cost
us, and some of the young players came through nicely. We did, however, give
away 21 points, which we are not happy about.
I was particularly impressed with the way the team fought and got better as the
match progressed, so it was a good step-up from our last match.
some good lessons as a team in the last three Tests, and that will bode well
for us in the future.”
on the young talent coming through the ranks, Raubenheimer said: “Our main goal
with the Test matches we played this year was to try to build a group of
players that we could work with going forward to the 2021 Rugby World Cup.
players who played against Scotland today were Under-20 players, and some of
them did well, while others now have a good idea of the demands of Test rugby,
which is all part of the learning process.”
Scotland No 8 Jade Konkel scored
the first points of the match in the 10th minute after some good
forward play close to the line, and Sarah Law (flyhalf) kicked the conversion
to hand them a 7-0 lead.
The Springbok Women hit back
with some good phases on attack and they managed to work their way close to the
tryline minutes later, but a knock-on denied them from capitalising on the
Scotland, in turn, crossed the
tryline for the second time early in the second quarter thanks to Lisa Thomson
(centre), and Konkel followed this up with her second try from more determined
play close to the tryline to stretch their lead to 19-0.
The Springbok Women fought until the halftime hooter, and
worked their way close to the tryline once again, but they settled for a
penalty goal, which saw them enter the break 19-3 down.
The visitors came out firing in
the second half with Abi Evans navigating her way through a gap in the defence
in the opening exchanges, but the Springbok Women cancelled this out in the 49th minute as Aphiwe Ngwevu (replacement centre) scored their first try of
the match from a pick-and-go. The successful conversion by Tayla Kinsey
(replacement scrumhalf) took their score to 10 points.
Scotland winger Rhona Lloyd,
however, increased their lead on the scoreboard minutes later, using her raw
pace to dash through the defence for the team’s fifth try, but again the
Springbok Women hit back with hard-running replacement No 8, Aseza Hele,
powering her way through the defence after some
good forward play.
The hosts continued to fight to
add to their score in the dying minutes and camped close to the tryline for
several minutes, but they were unable to add to their score, while Scotland made
the most of their last try-scoring opportunity with Lloyd crossing the chalk
for her second try on the stroke of full time after dashing around on the
outside for a 38-15 victory.
- SA Rugby