Disappointing Worlds for Bok Women’s Sevens team

2015-04-21 00:00

CAPE TOWN — The Springbok ­Women’s Sevens finished in 12th place in the Canada World Series on Sunday despite putting up a brave fight against China in their final match of the tournament to complete another disappointing campaign.

The team went down 17-5 against 2016 Olympic Games hosts Brazil in the Bol semi-final early on Sunday evening, and then suffered a 31-21 defeat against China to close off the tournament.

South Africa started their clash against Brazil with a bang as a strong tackle by Sunelle Barnard earned them a turnover, which Mathrin Simmers took advantage of to force her way up-field, before passing back to Barnard for her first World Series try. But Brazil hit back with a try of their own from the kick-off and then managed to break through the defence again on the stroke of half-time to take a 12-5 lead.

South Africa did well to apply pressure on Brazil in the second half as they retained possession on attack and made a few encouraging line breaks.

But a forward pass and penalty conceded at a ruck at crucial times cost them two possible tries. Brazil, meanwhile, used the only try-scoring chance they created in the second half to secure their third try and a 17-5 victory.

Zenay Jordaan’s team had another encouraging start in the 11th and 12th place playoff against China with Simmers scoring a try in the first minute after fantastic inter-passing to take a 7-0 lead. But their defence and breakdown play let them down in the remainder of the half, which earned China three tries for a 19-7 lead.

They continued to stretch the South African defence after the break and ­added their fourth try. But the Springbok Women’s Sevens fought back strongly with tries by Veroeshka Grain and Lorinda Brown to reduce the deficit on the scoreboard to 24-21.

Their hopes of a victory, however, were shattered by a late try by China’s Liu Yang.

Springbok Women’s Sevens day-two results (Canada World Series)

Brazil 17-5 South Africa

China 31-21 South Africa.

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