Boks on Front Foot to Beat Nomads

by | Jun 29, 2014

The Springbok Women’s XV on Saturday defended like demons and capitalised on a few vital point-scoring chances to power their way to a 20-5 victory against the Nomads at the Lensbury Club in Teddington.

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Made possible by a R2,3m grant by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, the tour’s opening match marked the first of three games on their Rugby World Cup warm-up tour to London and France.

The Springbok Women started the match strongly with wing Phumeza Gadu gathering a kick by the Nomads and dancing her way through several defenders to score the first try – four minutes into the match.

The Nomads bounced back strongly soon after, and used their big forwards to put together a series of pick-and-goes, which allowed them to camp in the visitors half for several minutes. They supported this with a strong showing in the scrums, which proved to be one of their main strengths in the match.

However, the Springbok Women’s defence held and they denied the hosts from crossing the tryline. The South Africans managed to get back onto the front foot after retrieving possession, and worked their way back into the Nomads’ half.

The pressure created an opportunity for scrumhalf Tayla Kinsey to slot over a penalty, which she capitalised on to increase their lead to 8-0.

Centre Lorinda Brown added her name to the point scorers list soon after as she gathered a fantastic pass from No 8 Shona-Leah Weston, who made a strong break up the midfield and sucked in the defenders to create space out wide.

With momentum on their side the South Africans created another try-scoring opportunity on the stroke of half time, but the Nomads shut them out, flyhalf Zenay Jordaan’s grubber not meeting success.

The Nomads again applied pressure on the Springbok Women in the second half, but the visitors did well to contain them and managed to push them back into their own half.

Unlike the first half, in which the Nomads kicked the ball behind the Springbok Women, they opted for a more structured attacking game in the second half to prevent the visitors’ in-form backs from counter-attacking.

After defending for a long stretch, the South Africans finally forced their way back into the Nomads’ half and applied intense pressure on attack, which allowed fullback Cindy Cant to score the team’s third try minutes before the final whistle. She converted her own try to stretch the lead to 20-0.

The Nomads managed to salvage some pride in the dying minutes with a consolation try by replacement hooker Elisha Dee, following several phases on attack.

The Springbok Women will face the Nomads again on Tuesday at the Wasps Football Club, before travelling to France for a Test against the IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup hosts in Marcoussis, their world cup ground, outside Paris, on 4 July.

While the victory will bolster their confidence for the remaining matches, the team will have to pay special attention to their scrums in particular, before Tuesday’s clash, after finding themselves under pressure in the set piece at times.


Springbok Women’s 2014 WRWC Warm-Up Fixtures:
28 June: Springbok Women 20-5 the Nomads
1 July: Springbok Women v the Nomads – London
4 July: Springbok Women v France – Marcoussis
Springbok Women’s XV: 20 (13) – Tries: Phumeza Gadu, Lorinda Brown, Cindy Cant. Conversion: Cindy Cant. Penalty: Tayla Kinsey.
Nomads: 5 (0) – Try: Elisha Dee
Springbok Women’s XV:
15 – Cindy Cant
14 – Veroeshka Grain
13 – Benele Makwezela
12 – Lorinda Brown
11 – Phumeza Gadu
10 – Zenay Jordaan
9 – Tayla Kinsey
8 – Shona-Leah Weston
7 – Vuyolwethu Vazi
6 – Lamla Momoti (capt)
5 – Nolusindiso Booi
4 – Celeste Adonis
3 – Portia Jonga
2 – Denita Wentzel
1 – Asithandile Ntoyanto
16 – Thantaswa Macingwana
17 – Cebisa Kula
18 – Nwabisa Ngxatu
19 – Nomathamsanqa Faleni
20 – Rachelle Geldenhuys
21 – Fundiswa Plaatjie
22 – Siviwe Basweni
23 – Nosiphiwo Goda
24 – Andrea Mentoor
25 – Zandile Nojoko
15 – Steph Johnson
14 – Sam Bree
13 – Vicki Jackson
12 – Lisa Campbell
11 – Sarah Mills
10 – Louise Dalgleish (capt)
9 – Tina Lee
8 – Catherine Spencer
7 – Tess Forburg
6 – Gemma Hallet
5 – Emilia Kristianson
4 – Natalie Binstead
3 – Laura Kapo
2 – Pippa Crews
1 – Tracey Balmer
16 – Elisha Dee
17 – Linsey Smith
18 – Claire Phelps
19 – Zoe Saynor
20 – Harriet Millar-Mills
21 – Laura Quinn
22 – Bethany Stott
23 – Hannah Edwards
24 – Lynsey Douglas
25 – Gemma Rowland
Springbok Women’s 2014 WRWC Group-Stage Pool C Fixtures:
Friday, 1 August, 15h45: Springbok Women v Australia – Marcoussis
Tuesday, August 5, 20h45: Springbok Women v France – Marcoussis
Saturday, August 9, 17h00: Springbok Women v Wales – Marcoussis
Wednesday, 13 August:
14h00: 10th Seed v 11th Seed – Marcoussis
16h15: 9th Seed v 12th Seed – Marcoussis
18h30: 6th Seed v 7th Seed – Marcoussis
15h45: 5th Seed v 8th Seed – Stade Jean Bouin
Semifinal 1: 18h00 – 2nd Seed v 3rd Seed – Stade Jean Bouin
Semifinal 2: 20h45 – 1st Seed v 4th Seed – Stade Jean Bouin
Sunday, 17 August:
16h30: 3rd/4th place playoff – Stade Jean Bouin
18h45: Final – Stade Jean Bouin

Photo caption: The Sprinbok Women squad for the warm-up tour to London and France, pictured alighting from the HPC bus on their way to OR Tambo. Photo: HPC on twitter


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