SA Women Retain Seven’s Cup
Defending champions, the SA Emerging Women Sevens team on Saturday team retained their Confederation of Africa Rugby (CAR) Cup title, after beating hosts Uganda 20-7 in the Cup Final.
In a repeat of the 2006 final, the South Africans had to come from behind to clinch the title for a second consecutive year, before a partisan crowd of 3,000 at the Kyadondo Rugby Club, in Kampala.
The imposing Christine Kizito scored the first try of the match, and the conversion by Rachael Kakaire gave the determined hosts a surprise half-time lead.
However the SA women turned on the heat in second half, with Player of the Tournament, Natasha Hofmeester lifting the holders with two superb tries.
Lamla Mowoti and Nomtha Xape took her lead to score another try each, to take the game beyond the reach of Uganda.
Denver Wannies, the SA coach, was full of praise for both teams: “The quality of the play throughout the tournament was great.
“Uganda is a very good side and capable of competing at a higher level. We were a bit nervous earlier on, but we settled and were much better in the second half,” said Wannies.
Uganda coach Herbert Wafula attributed their defeat to numerous unforced errors, “They forced us into mistakes and then punished us with the turnover ball. South Africa deserved the victory,” said Wafula.
Uganda 7-20 SA Emerging 20
Uganda 14-0 Kenya
SA Emerging 34-0 Tunisia 0
Uganda Select 5-21 Zambia 21
1. SA Emerging Women
6. Uganda Select
7. Pretoria University