The Springbok women’s sevens rugby team, who finished runners-up in Dubai, have put themselves in a position to repeat their surprise package performance, in the second leg of the of the IRB Women’s Sevens World Series in Houston, Texas.
In their first match of the day on Friday, the Springboks upset the improving Argentineans – coached by former men’s sevens star, Santiago Gomez Cora; out-classing their southern-hemisphere rivals 27-0 to show a resurgence in form that will have quarter-final opponents Australia reaching for the video replays.
One of 12 international sides competing at the BBVA Compass Stadium, the women Blitzbokke narrowly lost the second math 19-22 of their Pool B fixtures to the daunting North American heavyweight USA, before Canada showed their form to beat the Bokke 24-12 in their final encounter of the day.
Still, their performance was good enough to earn the emerging team a place in the Cup quarterfinal, and South Africa will have to raise their game against Australia, at 22:10 on Saturday evening (SA time).SA Results at Round 2 of the IRB Women’s Sevens World Series, in Houston, Texas, on 1 February, 2013: South Africa 27-0 Argentina South Africa 19-22 USA South Africa 12-24 Canada SA’s Quarter-Final Cup Fixture: 2 Feb: South Africa v Australia, 22:10 (SA time) The SA Sevens Women squad to play in Houston, USA: 1. Yolanda Meiring (Blue Bulls) 2. Mandisa Williams (Border, captain) 3. Nwabisa Ngxatu (Border) 4. Sinazo Nobele (Border) 5. Nosiphiwo Goda (Border) 6. Fundiswa Plaatjie (Border) 7. Zenay Jordaan (Eastern Province) 8. Phumeza Gadu (Eastern Province) 9. Natasha Hofmeester (Western Province) 10. Belle Makwezele (Western Province) 11. Zaandre Theron (Western Province) 12. Mathrin Simmers (Southwestern Districts) IRB Women’s Sevens World Series: Round 1 – UAE: Dubai, Nov 30 – December 1, 2012 – 7he Sevens Stadium (winners – NZ, runners-up SA) Round 2 – USA: Houston, Texas, 1-2 Feb, 2013 – BBVA Compass Stadium Round 3 – China: Guangzhou, 30-31 Mar 2013 – Guangzhou University Town Stadium Round 4 – Netherlands: Amsterdam, 17-18 May 2013 – NRCA Stadium Standings after Round 1 in Dubai: 1. New Zealand – 20 points 2. South Africa – 18 3. Spain – 16 4. Australia – 14 5. Russia – 12