Springbok women ready for France clash

By admin
03 July 2014

The Springbok's women's rugby team will face France on Friday, who won the Women's Six Nations earlier this year.

The Springbok women's rugby team will have to be at their best if they are to beat France in a World Cup dress rehearsal, said looseforward Lamla Momoti ahead of their clash against France in Marcoussis on Friday.

"There are several factors counting in France's favour," Momoti said.

"They will be playing on their home ground, they will enter the match with confidence after winning the Women's Six Nations earlier this year, and they have a team that has played several top-class matches this season."

Despite having beaten the Nomads 32-24 in England on Tuesday, the Springboks were wary of the threat posed by the French.

"I have no doubt that this will be a tougher Test than that against the Nomads," Momoti said.

The match would be the final warm-up before the World Cup in France from August 1-17.

The Springboks were upbeat after their two-match series win over the Nomads.

"We learned a lot in the last two matches, and hopefully we can apply those lessons in the game against France.

"In Tuesday's clash against the Nomads, in particular, we had to fight until the final whistle to secure the victory, and we believe that will assist in our mental preparation for Friday's match."

The Springboks were set to face France in the pool stages of the Rugby World Cup in the same town in a little over a month.

Momoti said it was important for her team to remain focused and to give their best efforts on the field.

"If we deliver a solid performance it will boost our confidence going into the World Cup, so the players realise the importance of this match.

"That said, we know it will be tough, but fortunately we had two matches against the Nomads to prepare for the Test, both mentally and physically."

The squad to face France would be named on Thursday.

- SAPA

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