South Africa faced Kazakhstan in the cold morning rain as both teams were hungry for their first win in the tournament. Excellent handling in the backs, despite wet frigid weather, gave Kazakhstan early momentum and they never slowed down in the 36-0 shutout.
Two minutes into the match, lock Olga Rudoy started the scoring, diving over the line after several phases from a lineout in the South African 22. Irina Radzivil made the difficult kick to open the match with a 7-0 lead.
South Africa came back hard on the kick off. After a knock-on, they were awarded a scrum and fly half Zandile Nojoko started a huge run.
Kazakhstan rallied and vice captain Anastassiya Khamova stole the ball, evading several tackles and setting up a solid ruck.
Flanker Alfiya Mustafina dove over the line to score and Radzivil again split the posts for a 14-0 lead.Kazakhstan kept the pressure on through the rest of the half, dotting tries from Khamova and Svetlana Zhernovonikova.
South Africa snapped awake near the whistle, with a 40 metre run from Yolanda Meiring. Several phases saw them right on Kazakhstan’s line, but they couldn’t cross it, leaving Kazakhstan ahead 24-0 at half time.
South Africa came out running in the second half, pressuring the Kazakhstan line for 10 minutes before Tatyana Tur snatched the ball and sprinted into the South African 22.
After several phases, prop Larissa Chuprikova rumbled over the line to score, injuring her ankle in the process. Radzivil’s kick put them ahead 31-0.
Refusing to give up, South Africa used their boots with several well-placed kicks and near-tries. Dazzling runs from the backs and good support from both teams made for an exciting half.
Despite hard defence from South Africa, they could not slow Kazakhstan’s momentum. In the last minute of the match, Svetlana Klyuchnikova darted around the outside to score, finishing off a 36-0 victory for Kazakhstan.