Springbok Women’s captain Zenay Jordaan on Monday called on her team to dig deep in their two final Women’s Rugby World Cup clashes to achieve their goal of improving on their 10th place finish in the 2010 showpiece.
South Africa will meet Samoa in their penultimate World Cup clash at the French Rugby Federation in Marcoussis on Wednesday and should they register a victory they will secure a place in the 9th and 10th place playoff on the final day’s play on Sunday.
Jordaan admitted that their performances in the pool stages was disappointing, but she said they had to focus on winning their last two matches rather than dwelling on their results up to now.
“Unfortunately errors at crucial times and bad decision-making cost us in those matches, but we showed good signs on attack when we had possession and we created several point-scoring chances.
“This time, however, it is vital that we convert those chances into points. I have no doubt that if we had done this from the outset our results would have been much better.”
The team returned to the training field on Monday to prepare for the clash against Samoa after having Sunday off to recover from the Wales match, and Jordaan was pleased with the intensity of the training session and the team’s determination to salvage some pride in the tournament.
“The physical matches in the pool stages and the short turn-around time between them has definitely taken its toll on the players, but it is fantastic to see their commitment to continue fighting for victories,” Jordaan said.
“We may be ranked in the bottom four in the competition, but we have not given up. We will fight until the end and hopefully we could finish ninth in the competition, which would be an improvement on the 2010 World Cup.”
The match-22 to face Samoa will be announced on Tuesday.
South Africa Fixtures and results at the 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup, at the French Rugby Federation in Marcoussis: 1 August: Australia 26-3 South Africa 5 August: France 55-3 South Africa 9 August: Wales 35-3 South Africa 13 August: South Africa vs Samoa The Springbok Women’s Team to the 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup in France: Portia Jonga (Kwaru RFC) Prop Cebisa Kula (African Bombers) Prop Nwabisa Ngxatu (Queenstown Breakers) Prop Asithandile Ntoyanto (Dalibaso) Prop Thantaswa Macingwane (Imonti Penguins) Hooker Denita Wentzel (Maties) Hooker Nolusindiso Booi (University of Fort Hare Baby Blues) Lock Andrea Mentoor (Maties) Lock Celeste Adonis (Maties) Back Row Rachelle Geldenhuys (Tuks, Pretoria) Back Row Nomaphelo Mayongo (University of Fort Hare Baby Blues) Back Row Lamla Momoti (University of Fort Hare Baby Blues) Back Row Vuyolwethu Vazi (Tuks, Pretoria) Back Row Mandisa Williams (Imonti Penguins) Back Row (Withdrawn) Tayla Kinsey (College Rovers) Scrumhalf Fundiswa Plaatjie (Imonti Penguins) Scrumhalf Siphosethu Tshingana (Kwaru RFC) Scrumhalf Zenay Jordaan (Middleburg Stormers) Flyhalf Zandile Nojoko (Kwaru RFC) Flyhalf Lorinda Brown (Middleburg Stormers) Centre Benele Makwezela (Busy Bees) Centre Shona-Leah Weston (Tuks, Pretoria) Centre Phumeza Gadu (African Bombers) Wing Veroeshka Grain (Maties) Wing Sinazo Nobele (Kwanobuhle) Wing Siviwe Basweni (Imonti Penguins) Fullback Cindy Cant (Tuks, Pretoria) Fullback Management: Lawrence Sephaka (Head Coach) Noms Tsotsobe (Team Manager) Renfred Dazel (Assistant Coach) Tanu Pillay (Physiotherapist) Jerome Mampane (Doctor) Heyno Kraft (Biokineticist)
Photo 1 caption: South Africa are awarded a penalty kick against 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup hosts France, during their second fixture of the IRB world event, on Tuesday, 5 August, 2014. The Springbok Women suffered tough losses in each of their three group matches against Australia, France and Wales, and play Samoa on Wednesday in an effort to improve on their 1th-place finish in 2010. Photo: Screengrab of the Supersport match broadcast
Photo 2 caption: South Africa Springbok Women skipper Zenay Jordaan lines up her kick. South Africa have scored a lone penalty kick in each of their group matches, and Jordaan has called on her team to dig deep in their final two placement matches. Photo: Screengrab of the Supersport match broadcast
(With editing by gsport)