Cape Town - Springbok Women’s assistant coach
Lungisa Kama said they are determined to finish their European Tour on a high
note when they meet Italy in Prato on Sunday in the last of their four matches.
The team arrived in Italy on
Sunday after going down 17-5 against Spain in Villajoyosa on Saturday.
This match followed their tour
opener against the UK Armed Forces in Richmond, which they won 31-12, and a
Test against Wales in Cardiff in which they suffered a 19-5 defeat.
“The players are still
disappointed about the defeat against Spain, but they working very hard at
training for our final tour match against Italy,” said Kama.
“Everyone has settled in well in
Italy, although the conditions are different. Spain was a little warmer, but it
is not too much of an adjustment for us, as these conditions are similar to
that which we experienced in the lead-up to our opening two matches.”
Kama expected a demanding Test
against Italy at the Enrico Chersoni Stadium, saying they boast a balanced side
with quality players.
“Italy have a lot of experience,
especially since they play in the Six Nations competition,” said Kama.
“And they have a good pack of
forwards with skilful backs. So it is going to be a good test for us. That
said, this is our final match on tour and we are determined to finish up on a
Kama added: “We learnt hard
lessons about the importance of converting our opportunities into points in our
last two matches, so that is one of the key areas for us this week.”
The match will kick off at 15:30