FS determined to protect home territory

2015-08-12 06:00
MERRIAM NTLHAFU is positive that the Free State will continue their winning streak when they face Boland at the Clive Solomon Stadium in Heidedal, Bloemfontein, on Saturday.

MERRIAM NTLHAFU is positive that the Free State will continue their winning streak when they face Boland at the Clive Solomon Stadium in Heidedal, Bloemfontein, on Saturday.

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FREE STATE have explained their determination to do well in the club’s second home Women’s Interprovincial fixture of the season.

They face Boland in Bloemfontein on Saturday afternoon.

Morné Dippenaar’s girls have enjoyed an exemplary start to the 2015 campaign after already winning two league matches in a row.

They defeated Griquas 34-7 at home and then followed up that win with another victory over Griffons, hammering them 41-0 in Welkom a fortnight ago.

Merriam Ntlhafu, who plays either as a centre or a fullback, has outlined why they are so determined to continue their winning streak when they welcome the Western Capetonians on home soil.

“We would like to protect our territory.

“Our results clearly show that we are a hard-working team. We are determined to win every match we play.

“Obviously our goal is to continue this winning streak, especially when we play at home,” Ntlhafu told Express.

“We are looking forward to the game against Boland.

“It is our second league game at home. It is probably going to be a tough battle, but we are determined to win it.

“I don’t think they will give us many problems, but we won’t underestimate them,” she said.

“We are delighted with our excellent start to the season and we plan to keep the momentum.

“It is important that we make Clive Solomon our fortress and make it uncomfortable for teams to dictate terms in our own backyard,” she added.

The 30-year-old said she was pleased by the hunger the players have shown since their opening match of the season.

“We have gelled well as a team. We play as a unit and fight for each other on the field.

“We keep our game plan and follow instructions from the coach. And so far, so good,” said Ntlhafu.

Free State is leading the Section A log after the collection of 10 points from two matches.

Boland are breathing down their necks in the second position with 10 points after the same number of games.

Griquas have amassed five points and are sitting third on the log, while Griffons are propping up the log with a paltry one point.

Both sides have played three matches apiece.

The action gets underway on Saturday from 14:00 at Heidedal’s Clive Solomon Stadium.

Entrance to the game and the stadium is free

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