There Springbok Women’s team were fine-tuning their preparations in Moscow on Wednesday ahead of the IRB Rugby World Cup Sevens, to be held at the Luzhniki Stadium in the Russian capital.
Things were not looking as bright for Springbok Women’s Sevens coach Denver Wannies, after his squad played a training match against Spain in sweltering heat at one of the outer fields of the impressive Luzhniki Sports Complex.
Unfortunately playmaker Zenay Jordaan sustained a knee injury during the morning session and did not participate in the clash.
“We did a few good things out there, but it is clear that some of the players needed a wake-up call today,” said Wannies. “We are here to win, and that requires everyone to be switched on, which was not the case against Spain.”
“Fortunately Zenay will be back, as it was confirmed that her injury was merely a bruise. It is clear, however, that our decision-making was not as good as it should have been.
“But I am happy with our discipline and defence, as those were areas we worked on back in South Africa.”
“Our goal is at least a repeat of our semi-final place in Dubai (in the 2009 World Cup) and we are on track. But I expected a bit more awareness out there,” Wannies said.
The tournament runs from the 29 – 30 June, and features clashes against defending champions Australia, Ireland and China (See fixtures below), and as the buildup to the tournament continues, the squad will visit Moscow’s iconic Red Square on Thursday.
South Africa’s IRB Women’s World Cup Sevens Pool B Match Schedule, in Moscow on Satruday, 29 June, 2013: 10h44 SA v England 13h50 SA v Canada 17h34 SA v France The Springbok Women’s Sevens Squad: Mara Williams Bella Makwezela Nomaphelo Mayongo Zenay Jordaan Yolanda Meiring Lorinda Brown Phumeza Gadu Thamie Faleni Fundiswa Plaatjie Mathrin Simmers Tash Hofmeester Veroeshka Grain
(With editing by gsport)