The Springbok Women’s Sevens on Saturday got their World Rugby Women’s World Series Qualifier off to a flying start as they registered a clean-sweep of victories in the pool stages to keep alive their hopes of retaining their core status on the series next season. The team registered a convincing 33-5 victory against Hong Kong and then defeated Mexico 38-0 and beat hosts Ireland 17-5 to advance to the second round unbeaten. Only the two teams that advance to the final of the tournament on Sunday will qualify for the 2015/2016 World Series.
South Africa began its campaign on a strong note as they delivered a solid performance to register a 33-5 victory against Hong Kong. The team was dominant from the outset as it retained possession and strung together phases, while using its try-scoring chances well. The South Africans supported this with a solid defensive effort, which resulted in the team leaking only one try.
In its second match against Mexico the Bok Women’s Sevens opened up the scoring in the second minute with back-to-back tries by Phumeza Gadu and Veroeshka Grain, who used their pace to cruise to the tryline, while flyhalf Zenay Jordaan converted to secure an early 14-0 lead. Marithy Pienaar added their third try shortly before halftime after taking a quick tap to catch the defence offside and secure a 19-0 lead at the break. Grain added her second try of the match seconds into the second half after gathering a loose pass to dashing through the defence, while Jordaan earned her first try of the match shortly after.
They increased their score to 38-0 thanks to a last-minute converted try by Pienaar. Renfred Dazel’s team continued its fine form in what was its toughest match in the pool round against Ireland, but the girls held their nerve to secure a 17-5 victory. Ireland tried hard to retain possession on attack, but the Springbok Women’s defence held, while capitalising on their try-scoring chances with two late tries in the second half to secure a well-deserved victory.
Dazel’s cahrges will take to the field in the second round on Sunday to determine whether they will qualify for the 2015/2016 World Series.
Springbok Women’s Sevens World Series Qualifier, day one results:
SA 33 – 5 Hong Kong
SA 38 – 0 Mexico
SA 17 – 5 Ireland