Bok Women’s Sevens Lay Solid Foundation

Springbok Women’s Sevens coach Renfred Dazel believes his team has a solid foundation to build from this season following their training matches against the Brazil national team in Stellenbosch this week.  The team kicked off their season with a series of training matches against Brazil on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday respectively, and while no official scores were kept, Dazel said the matches served as a good yardstick to measure the quality of their performances.  Dazel says:  ‘The main objectives for us in these matches were to monitor the implementation of our structures and to measure where we are in terms of our quality of play and what we need to improve on for the season ahead.  The matches were very competitive, which is pleasing, especially this early in the season, as our team only assembled in camp on 11 January.  Brazil certainly tested us, and they used their speedsters well to make their presence felt.  But it was good to see how our players responded to the challenge.  They showed good innovation on attack and times and they showed a lot of character despite the physical nature of the matches and the intense heat in Stellenbosch, so our foundation is in place for the season ahead.’

With the teams playing between two and three matches each day, Dazel invited a handful of players who had impressed him at the SA Rugby Interprovincial Sevens competition in Nelspruit last season to participate in the matches, and he praised the young players for their brave efforts.  Dazel says:  ‘Some of the invited players impressed us immensely, which is particularly pleasing given the fact they are not familiar with our structures.  This was the first time some of them played alongside the contracted players, which is also pleasing.  Apart from exposing these players to top-class international Sevens rugby, the matches also offered us an opportunity to see how the fringe players cope with pressure in a match situation.’