The Springbok Women made a spectacular start to their Rugby Africa Women’s Cup campaign, crushing Cameroon with a resounding 87-0 victory. Asiphe Mayaba stole the show on her debut, scoring an impressive four tries. The match took place under sunny skies on Saturday afternoon at Stade Makis in Antananarivo, Madagascar.
With qualification for WXV 2 at stake, the seasoned South African team showcased their prowess against their West African counterparts.
They proved to be a class above their opponents, crossing the try line 15 times throughout the match. Rights Mkhari, who came on as a second-half replacement, contributed a hat-trick to the team’s impressive tally.
During the first half, the Springbok Women made their intentions clear, setting the tone with a dominant performance from their pack. The backs complemented their effort with excellent handling and effective attacks on open spaces.
The team displayed exceptional continuity and support play, while Cameroon struggled to maintain discipline and contain the South African forwards. This resulted in three maul tries, with Roseline Botes securing two and a penalty try awarded for an illegally sacked drive.
The Springbok Women also capitalised on counter-attacking opportunities, showcasing their skilful offloads and precise handling to score some remarkable tries.
The only setback in the first half was Nompumelelo Mathe’s yellow card for a dangerous tackle after 25 minutes. Despite being down to 14 players, Asiphe Mayaba marked her Test debut by scoring a brilliant try, concluding a sublime move that originated in the Boks’ half.
The start of the second half belonged to Mayaba, who quickly added two more tries to secure a hat-trick on her debut. The South Africans continued to exploit space out wide and dominate their opponents. Mayaba’s outstanding performance culminated in a fourth try just two minutes before the final whistle.
Rights Mkhari emerged as the standout player after the break, scoring a remarkable three tries. Lindelwa Gwala also contributed to the team’s second-half dominance by crashing over the try line from a maul. The Springbok Women displayed an elevated level of play, overpowering their opponents as the match progressed.
South Africa Scorers:
Springbok Women 87 (41) – Tries: Asithandile Ntoyanto, Roseline Botes (2), Asiphe Mayaba (4), Jakkie Cilliers, Nompumelelo Mathe, Penalty try, Rights Mkhari (3), Lindelwa Gwala, Simamkele Namba. Conversions: Jakkie Cilliers (2), Libbie Janse van Rensburg (3).
Rugby Africa Women’s Cup 2023 Fixtures and Results for South Africa (Stade Makis in Antananarivo, Madagascar):
Sat 20 May: South Africa 87 – 0 Cameroon
Wed 24 May: South African vs Kenya (12 noon SA Time)
Sun 18 May: Madagascar vs South Africa (2pm SA Time)
Photo 1 caption: The Springbok Women’s dominant performance outclassing Cameroon 87-0 in their opening match sets an encouraging tone for their Africa competition journey as they chase WXV 2 qualification. Photo: Springbok Women