The Springbok Women’s Sevens on secured a morale-boosting victory against Brazil in their final match of the England Sevens World Series at The Stoop in London at the weekend, following a defeat against Fiji.
The team battled to contain Fiji in the Bowl semi-final and suffered a disappointing 38-5 defeat, but they bounced back gly to shut out the 2016 Olympic hosts for a 14-7 victory to finish the tournament on an encouraging note.
The win is expected to boost their confidence significantly for the season-ending Amsterdam Sevens next weekend.
The South Africans struggled in their clash against Fiji as the Islanders used their powerful upper-body strength and speed to force their way onto the front foot. This earned them two first-half tries. South Africa, meanwhile, created a fantastic opportunity to score with captain Zenay Jordaan crossing the tryline after stepping her way through the defence, but the try was denied as she failed to place the ball after being tackled.
Fiji, however, ran riot in the second half and scored three more tries. But the Boks bounced back with a try by Zaandre Theron, who gathered a fantastic pass from Jacqueline Kriel. Fiji, however, had the last say as they ran in their sixth try on the stroke of full-time to secure a 38-5 victory.
Theron scored her second try of the day from a quick tap to open up the scoring in the 11th12th place-playoff against Brazil after Veroeshka Grain powered her way through three tackles. Grain backed this up with a second try minutes later after finding space and using her raw pace to cruise to the tryline and hand SA a 14-0 lead. Brazil, however, bounced back with a try from a dummy pass to reduce the gap to 14-7 at the break.
The second half was tense as Brazil tried hard to breach South Africa’s defence, but the women held their nerve and shut them out to win the match.
Day one of the competition saw SA losing all three of their matches, 28-7 to England, 45-0 to Canada and 40-17 to Russia.
Source : South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee