Bok Women Winless on Cape Town Sevens D1, Keen to Improve Execution vs Japan on Sunday Morning

Taking on France, Canada, and the USA in their Pool C fixtures, the Springbok Women Sevens ended Day1 without a win at the Cape Town SVNS. The Bok Women Sevens are pictured in their group huddle ahead of their opening game against France at the HSBC SVNS at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday, 9 December, 2023 in Cape Town, South Africa. Photo: Mike Lee - KLC fotos for World Rugby

After a riveting start to their opening match, the Springbok Women Sevens side endured a winless day one at the Cape Town SVNS at the DHL Stadium on Saturday 9, December 2023, conceding big losses to France, Canada, and the USA in their Pool C fixtures. 

The Bok Women started their home campaign against the French, with the South African side scoring first from a try by Ayanda Malinga, converted by Nadine Roos. However, after that, it was one-way traffic, as France’s Carla Niesen and Chloe Jacquet crossed the whitewash for their team. The French scored four tries in five minutes, sealing a dominant 29-7 win over the hosts.

The second match of the day saw Mathrin Simmers and co take on Canada who, like France, were semi-finalists in Dubai this past weekend. The home team struggled from the get-go, as their opponent’s speed was something they found hard to handle. South Africa improved on defence in the second half, but Canada managed to overpower them to a 40-0 win. 

The Bok Women were searching for that all-important victory on day one in the Mother City in the final game. The start of the match was less than ideal for the home side and to make matters worse, Simmers and Malinga hobbled off the field. It was 24-0 at halftime to the US, and the match ending 34-0. 

Coach Renfred Dazel feels that despite the string of defeats, he saw some positives from his team. 

“The positive for us, is our set-piece, we must give credit to the team, especially at scrum time and line-outs. We hung on to our ball, it’s just how we execute and it’s obviously a area we want to work on for the next day.” 

Dazel said it’s clear where his team needs to improve their game plan on Sunday. 

“I think obviously defensively and on the attack, we weren’t good. There were a few times where we got tackled out into touch and then just gave the ball away. We want to get a few phases going and get into our stride.” 

The Bok Women will face Japan in the 9th place semi-final at 9:22 am on Sunday.

Springbok Women’s Results Day 1: 

France 29-7 South Africa 
Canada 40-0 South Africa 
USA 34-0 South Africa 

Cape Town SVNS Fixtures on Sunday, 10 December, 2023

9:22 – Japan vs South Africa (B Field)
9:22 – Australia v Ireland 
9:44 – France v Fiji 
10:06 – New Zealand v Canada 
10:00 – Brazil v Spain
10:00 – Great Britain – USA

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Main Photo caption: Taking on France, Canada, and the USA in their Pool C fixtures, the Springbok Women Sevens ended Day1 without a win at the Cape Town SVNS. The Bok Women Sevens are pictured in their group huddle ahead of their opening game against France at the HSBC SVNS at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday, 9 December, 2023 in Cape Town, South Africa. Photo: Mike Lee – KLC fotos for World Rugby

Photo 2 caption: The Bok Women celebrate Ayanda Malinga’s try, converted by Nadine Roos, in their opening match on Day 1. It was the last points the tournament hosts scored on the day, conceding large losses in each of their three matches. Photo: Mike Lee – KLC fotos for World Rugby

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