The Springbok Women’s Sevens will face a tough test in the final leg of the Women’s World Series in Amsterdam on Friday and Saturday after being drawn in Pool A with the USA, New Zealand and Fiji. New Zealand is currently at the top of the World Series log after winning the Dubai, Brazil, USA and Canada Sevens tournaments, while they come off a third-place finish in the England Sevens. The USA has also had a good season and is currently in fourth place on the standings after a solid fourth-place finish in England.
Fiji, meanwhile, have worked their way into eighth place on the log following a few encouraging results this season and will take comfort from the fact that they secured a 38-5 victory against South Africa this past weekend in the Bowl semi-final. Bok Women’s Sevens coach Renfred Dazel says: ‘There are no easy games in this competition, so it doesn’t really make a difference who is in our pool. Each one of these teams have delivered solid performances this season and we know we will have to be at our best to beat them. But our focus is on the quality of our performances and to continue showing an improvement as a team. We also see this as a last opportunity to test ourselves against some of the best teams in the world, especially with a World Series Qualifier lined up later this season to determine if we retain our place on the circuit.’ Dazel said his charges drew several positives from the London leg, which they hoped to build on in Amsterdam: ‘We started our clash against England strongly last weekend and managed to limit them to a 14-7 halftime lead, and we showed real character to hold off Brazil for a victory in our final match. This was mainly due to our improved defence and some encouraging play on attack. One of our main objectives going into the final tournament of the season is to convert our try-scoring chances into points because we left a few possible tries on the park in London. That said our confidence is up and we would like to finish off the season with a good result, so we will give everything on the field.’
Springbok Women’s Sevens’ Amsterdam fixtures, Friday 22 May:
13:26 – USA vs SA
15:48 – New Zealand vs SA
18:54 – Fiji vs SA
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