The Springboks earned another victory at the Rugby World Cup Qualifiers in Brakpan, Johannesburg, on Tuesday, 13 August, 2019, as they outclassed Madagascar 73-0 with 13 tries on the day.
Going into their second match of the Rugby Africa Women’s Cup – that doubles up as qualifiers for the 2021 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand, Springboks head coach Stanley Raubenheimer made no changes to his squad that defeated Uganda 89-5 on Friday.
Boks Got Off to An Early Start with Webb’s Try
With just three minutes into the match, Eloise Webb scored the first try to get the team 5-0 ahead and to set the momentum for the game.
The ladies continued to push on and showed no signs of mercy when Zenay Jordaan broke through the oppositions defence with a well-timed pass to Rights Mkhari, who made no mistake as she added to the scoreboard. Mkhari then went on to score her second try in the 15th minute, ensuring that the Boks were off to a great start.
On the stroke of halftime Ayanda Malinga scored the eighth try as she forced her way through the defenders to reach touch down, as the South Africans walked off the field with a comfortable 44-0 lead at the break.
The Ladies Continued to Dominate the Second Half
Coach Raubenheimer’s charges came out guns blazing in the second half and with just two minutes in and after gathering a loose ball, Zintle Mpupha got her name onto the scoresheet.
Late in the third quarter, a powerful burst by Aseza Hele allowed the Springboks to stretch their lead to 63-0 in Brakpan. There was great running upfield and good support play from the team as they rallied behind each other until the final whistle blew and the score sat at 73-0.
After the match, coach Raubenheimer praised his ladies for their display on the field.
“Look, it was good. I think the results gives us the opportunity to go for the qualifying spot and hopefully we can do that on Saturday,” he told gsport.
“Overall, I’m happy, I can’t complain today,” – Springboks Women head coach Stanley Raubenheimer
Looking at the ladies’ impressive goalscoring in the past two games, the coach pointed out that his players have been doing what they have told and he is proud to be their mentor.
“You must give a lot of credit to these women. They’ve sacrificed a lot to be here and they’ve done exactly what they have been asked, so I’m very proud as a coach to be able to coach them. I’m blessed,” he asserted.
The Springboks’ next challenge will be against Kenya on Saturday, 17 August, in the final match of the qualifying round.
Final Rugby Africa Women’s Cup Result:
South Africa 73 – 0 Madagascar
Next Springboks Fixture:
15h00 – 17 August, 2019: South Africa v Kenya
Photo 1 Caption: The Springboks team all smiles after their outstanding 73-0 victory against Madagascar in Brakpan, Johannesburg on Tuesday, 13 August, 2019, as the South Africans seek to qualify for the 2021 Rugby World in New Zealand. Photo: gsport