WP Looking to Spoil Daisies’ Perfect Season

Bulls Daisies and Western Province previously pictured in action during the SA Rugby Women's Premier Division campaign. Photo: Women Boks (Twitter)

The Bulls Daisies will be looking to complete an unbeaten 14-match winning streak and claim the SA Rugby Women’s Premier Division title for the first time since 2006 at Loftus Versfeld B in Pretoria on Saturday, but if DHL Western Province have their way, the trophy will be going back to Cape Town with them.

The season has been very different for the respective coaches, Hayden Groepes and Stanley Raubenheimer, but few could argue that the two best teams made it to the biggest day on the local calendar for women’s provincial rugby.

The Daisies were simple irresistible with 13 victories thus far and it will take a very special performance from Western Province to snap this record streak of wins in a season.

Groepes named an unchanged squad from the team that outplayed Boland Dames in last weekend’s semi-final, only swopping Unathi Mali and Zintle Nonkasana’s roles, with Mali starting in the midfield and Nonkasana on the bench this weekend. This points to consistency and confidence in a squad that had no peers in the domestic competition.

Raubenheimer, knowing that their previous encounter at the same venue resulted in a 43-5 defeat (following on a 41-0 defeat in Cape Town in their season opener) has made a significant change at flyhalf, moving Chuma Qawe to the pivotal position.

Qawe plays most of her rugby at fullback and this move hints at a more direct approach from the visitors, who last won the title in 2019 before they were beaten in the 2021 and 2022 finals by the Border Ladies.

Most matches are won up front, but for pundits, the backline battles promise to be something to savour as both teams are laden with Springbok Women and Springbok Women’s Sevens players.

The scales are heavily tilted towards the in-form Daisies, but anyone discarding the visiting team have not seen Sinazo Mcatshulwa play rugby before. The WP captain and lock will be leading from the front and if her team-mates follow, it will be a game played in the trenches rather than the outside channels.

Teams:

Bulls Daisies: 
15 Bryhandre Dolf
14 Ayanda Malinga
13 Unathi Mali
12 Jakkie Cilliers
11 Simamkele Namba
10 Libbie Janse van Rensburg
9 Rumandi Potgieter
8 Lusanda Dumke (captain)
7 Rights Mkhari
6 Lerato Makua
5 Anathi Qolo
4 Vainah Ubisi
3 Yonela Ngxingolo
2 Micke Gunter
1 Asithandile Ntoyanto 
Replacements: 
16 Xolelwa Diliza
17 Lebogang Ralebona
18 Rachelle du Plessis
19 Sinelitha Noxeke
20 Kyla de Vries
21 Unam Tose
22 Zintle Nonkasana
23 Maria Tshiremba

DHL Western Province: 
15 Donelle Snyders
14 Veroeshka Grain
13 Shaunique Hess
12 Chumisa Qawe
11 Alichia Arries
10 Chuma Qawe
9 Kimberley Karassellos
8 Nokubonga Siko
7 Aneliswe Mxabo
6 Elitha Sylvester
5 Sinazo Mcatshulwa (captain)
4 Thandile Mazwi
3 Jordan Konnight
2 Luchell Hanekom
1 Anelisa Ndamase 
Replacements: 
16 Onwaba Mdzanga
17 Vernique Afrika
18 Nomkhitha Chuba
19 Zandiswa Xozwa
20 Ncediswa Mahijana
21 Lihle Mzimkhulu
22 Alicia Willemse
23 Elme Kruger

Match information – Bulls Daisies v DHL WP:
Venue: Loftus Versfeld B, Pretoria
Date: Saturday, 26 August 2023
Kick-off: 15h00
Referee: Sinesipho Foloti
Assistant referees: Angie Bezuidenhout, Bulela Qwane
TMO: Christie du Preez
TV: SuperSport Variety


Photo 1 Caption: Bulls Daisies and Western Province previously pictured in action during the SA Rugby Women’s Premier Division campaign. Photo: Women Boks (Twitter)

With editing by gsport

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