DHL Western Province host Sanlam Boland Dames in Premier Division’s Coastal Derby Clash on Saturday

The re-introduction of regular Springbok Women No 8, Aseza Hele into the Dames jersey will add extra dimention to the visitor’s chances of edging the cliffhanger of both teams on six wins in eight matches, and equal on 31 log points each, when the DHL Western Province are at home to Sanlam Boland Dames in an intriguing round of the SA Rugby Women’s Premier Division, at City Park Stadium in Athlone on Saturday, 15 June, 2024. File Photo: SA Rugby

This weekend’s DHL Western Province at home to Sanlam Boland Dames fixture highlights another intriguing round of the SA Rugby Women’s Premier Division, with the coastal derby a straight shoot-out for second spot on the log in their upcoming clash at City Park Stadium in Athlone on Saturday, 15 June, 2024.

The winner of the match at City Park will move into second place on the log, where the Bulls Daisies are still sitting pretty at the top. The defending champions are hosting Free State Women in Pretoria this weekend and are clear favourites in round nine of the competition.

In another dual for coastal bragging rights, Border Women awaits EP Queens in East London. The visitors are desperate for a first win but seem unlikely to change their fortunes and move from the bottom of the log. In the remaining match of the round, Golden Lions Women will host Sharks Women at Alberton Rugby Club. 

The Cape clash has all the elements of a cliff-hanger. Both teams won six out of eight matches so far and have 31 log points. The Dames have a slightly better points differential and much will depend on the re-introduction of regular Springbok Women No 8, Aseza Hele, back into the Dames jersey.

Hele returned from a stint with Harlequins Women in England and is named to start at inside centre where her strong ball carries could be telling for the visitors.

The home side have some serious pace in their backline to counter that and it will most likely be the impact of the bench that will determine the winner in this highly anticipated clash.

The Daisies coach, Hayden Groepes, tweaked his side for their Loftus B encounter with Free State Women, with Zeeze Maguga getting a first start at outside centre and Sizophila Solontsi returning to the squad after her stint with the Springbok Women’s Sevens in Madrid.

In a significant move, Free State coach, Darren Colby, moved Anacadia Minnaar from flyhalf to scrumhalf and Bernice Strydom to flyhalf as he tries to put some spark back into his attack.

The home side will be overwhelming favourites, especially after the huge defeat the visitors suffered against Dames last week.

Eastern Cape bragging rights will be at stake again in East London, where Border Ladies will host the EP Queens at Baysville High School.

The home side won their earlier encounter with ease and given the defensive issues the Queens seem to have, one can expect the Border backs to have a productive afternoon. They have been boosted by the availability of Springbok Women’s Sevens centre, Asisipho Plaatjies, who will start off the bench.

The Golden Lions Women are in desperate need of another win if they want to keep their title hopes alive, but the Sharks Women loom large on the horizon. The visitors have Mary Zulu back at flyhalf, and she, alongside experienced Tayla Kinsey should carry the Durbanites to secure another win, as they did in the previous clash between the two, won 29-17 by the home team in Durban.

Round Nine Fixtures at the SA Rugby Women’s Premier Division on Saturday, 15 June, 2024

Border Ladies v EP Queens
Date
: Saturday, 15 June 2024
Venue:  Baysville High School, East London
Kick-off: 12h45
Referee: Lulutho Matomela 

Bulls Daisies vs Free State Women
Date
: Saturday, 15 June 2024
Venue: Loftus Versfeld B, Pretoria
Kick-off: 13h00
Referee: Aneka Fick 

DHL Western Province vs Sanlam Boland Dames
Date: Saturday, 15 June 2024
Venue: City Park Stadium, Athlone
Kick-off: 13h00
Referee: Bulela Qwane 

Golden Lions Women vs Sharks Women
Date
: Saturday, 15 June 2024
Venue: Alberton Rugby Club
Kick-off: 13h00
Referee: Angie Bezuidenhout
Livestream: Springbok YouTube


Original Copy: SA Rugby Communications, with editing by gsport

Photo Caption: The re-introduction of regular Springbok Women No 8, Aseza Hele into the Dames jersey will add extra dimention to the visitor’s chances of edging the cliffhanger of both teams on six wins in eight matches, and equal on 31 log points each, when the DHL Western Province are at home to Sanlam Boland Dames in an intriguing round of the SA Rugby Women’s Premier Division, at City Park Stadium in Athlone on Saturday, 15 June, 2024. File Photo: SA Rugby

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