The Springbok women suffered a heart-breaking 18-17 defeat against England in their second Nations Cup clash at the University of Northern Colorado in the USA on Sunday night, with a late try denying them a victory.
(Click to read the match report of the Springbok’s opening defeat against hosts the USA)
The match was initially scheduled to take place on Saturday, but a tornado warning resulted in the match being postponed by a day.
The Springbok Women made an early statement with flyhalf and captain Zenay Jordaan leading by example as she crossed the tryline in the corner, with fullback Marnezelle Rabie converting for a 7-0 lead.
England replied in the 17th minute with a try under the posts to level the scores at 7-7. But this was short-lived as Springbok lock Nolusindiso Booi made the most of a turnover from a kick-and-chase for the team’s second try and a 12-7 lead.
They built on this three minutes before half time with Jordaan breaking through two defenders to dash to the tryline for her second five-pointer. Unfortunately for SA they again failed to convert, but they entered the break with an encouraging 17-7 lead.
England, however, produced a solid second-half display featuring a tighter defensive effort and reduced the gap to 17-13 compliments of two penalties. With a victory in sight, England kept fighting and earned the winning try through a maul in the 73rd minute for an 18-17 lead.
Jordaan had a chance to reclaim the lead in the dying minutes with a penalty, but the attempt proved unsuccessful.
The Springbok Women will face Canada in their final league match on Wednesday, while the final and third and fourth-place playoff will take place on Saturday.
In the other match, the USA defeated Canada 29-17 for their second victory in the series.
Fixtures and Results at the IRB Nations Cup in Colorado, USA, from 30 Jul – 10 Aug 2013 (All times SA local time): 30 Jul: Canada 29-25 England 30 Jul: USA 35-22 South Africa 4 Aug: England 18-17 South Africa 3 Aug 02h00: USA 29-17 Canada 7 Aug 00h00: Canada v South Africa (University of Northern Colorado – Greeley, CO) 7 Aug 02h00: USA v England (University of Northern Colorado – Greeley, CO) 10 Aug 00h00: – 3rd Place Final (Infinity Park – Glendale, CO 10 Aug 02h15:- Championship Final (Infinity Park – Glendale, CO) Women’s Nations Cup Squad for the IRB Nations Cup: Nolusindiso Booi (Border) Nedene Botha (Free State) Marlien Cronje (Blue Bulls) Nomathamsanqa Faleni (Eastern Province) Phumeza Gadu (Eastern Province) Veroeshka Grain (Western Province) Laurian Johannes (Western Province) Portia Jonga (Eastern Province) Zenay Jordaan (Eastern Province) Celeste Marais (Western Province) Vuyokasi Mbonda (Western Province) Andrea Mentoor (Western Province) Lamla Momoti (Border) Lusanda Mtiya (KZN) Nwabisa Ngxatu (Border) Zandile Nojoko (Eastern Province) Fundiswa Plaatjie (Border) Annilie Pretorius (Blue Bulls) Marnezelle Rabie (SWD) Daphne Scheepers (Eastern Province) Mathrin Simmers (SWD) Vuyolwethu Vazi (Blue Bulls) Simone Vosloo (Blue Bulls) Mandisa Williams (Border) Thandi Xwetu (Blue Bulls) Team Management: Aslam Abrahams – Head Coach (caretaker) Gerhardus Oelofse – Assistant Coach Orna Prinsloo – Team Manager Lehlogonolo Mampane – Team Doctor (non-travelling) Denzil van Heerden – Fitness Coach Tanushree Pillay – Physiotherapist
(With editing by gsport)