FS women in final

2015-08-26 06:01

UNITED: Morné Dippenaar with Kamohelo Makoele. 
Sidwell Guduka

UNITED: Morné Dippenaar with Kamohelo Makoele. Photo: Sidwell Guduka

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THE Free State

women’s rugby team have progressed to the women inter-provincial league final after beating Boland 32-5 in their last group stage match at the Clive Solomon Stadium in Bloemfontein on Saturday (15/08).

Morné Dippenaar’s girls won all three their matches and finished at the summit of the Section A log with 15 points.

Boland finished just behind them in second position with ten points, while the Griquas and Griffons finished in position three and four with five points and one point respectively.

The Free Staters will now travel to East London to meet the Leopards, who have already won Section B with a match to spare, in the final on 12 September.

The Leopards are comfortably sitting on top of their log with 15 points after three matches.

The Golden Lions and Valke, who are placed second and third on the log with seven points each, will not dethrone the Leopards from the top position even if they win their remaining game of the season.

The Limpopo Blue Bulls are sitting fourth on the table with five points, while the Pumas are propping up the log with no points.

Coach Dippenaar has expressed his delight with his girls for winning their group and ultimately qualifying for the final.

“I’m very ecstatic. The girls have played extremely well throughout the tournament. They showed all the guts and glory in all the matches. I’m really proud of them,” said Dippenaar.

“We are off to the final and are determined to defend our title come 12 September. I believe in my players. They work as a unit and fight for each other on the field. I’m positive the team will do our province proud by lifting this trophy again this year,” the coach said.

About their emphatic win over Boland on Saturday, Dippenaar said: “The conditions were very bad as there was a strong wind. The main focus was to keep ball in hand.

“We also ensured that we didn’t lose and kick away possession. I thought our game plan worked well, the results are there for all to see.”

The Free State won all their matches with big margins this season. They kicked off their campaign with a 34-7 win over Griquas, before humbling Griffons with a 41-0 scoreline in their other matches.

“We don’t have any secrets as a team. I think God has blessed me with very talented players who are extremely committed.

“They use their own money to pay for transport to come to training and they never complain. I’m glad we are still unbeaten after three matches,” said Dippenaar.

Kamohelo Makoele, vice-captain of the Free State, said they were looking forward to the final next month.

“We are going to prepare well for the Leopards. We have about four weeks to rectify our mistakes at training before the final.

“We are determined to win it for our coach, management and the people of the Free State,” she said.

“We’ll be going to East London to collect our trophy and bring it back to the Free State where it belongs,” concluded Makoele

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