The Springboks women’s rugby team was not able to repeat their heroics against USA, when they were beaten 29-9 by the Eagles in the third/fourth place playoff match at the IRB Women’s Nations Cup in Canada on Saturday.
The Springboks scored a historic 26-23 victory over the Eagles a few days before, but the USA team was up for the challenge this time around.
According to usarugby.org, both teams struggled to find their rhythm at the start of the game.
The USA came out aggressively, perhaps too much so, conceding to penalties to give the Springboks an early 6-nil lead. But USA settled down and went to the break with a 10-6 lead, and never let go of their grip on the match.
The Eagles scored four tries, three of which were converted, and one penalty. South Africa’s nine points came courtesy of Zandile Nojoko’s boot.
The IRB Women’s Nations Cup is a four-team event, also involving England and Canada. The tournament was won by England, who beat Canada 41-19 in the final.