Springbok Women’s assistant coach Lungisa Kama said on Tuesday his team were ready to switch into match mode as their preparations intensify in the build-up to of Saturday’s Test against Spain at the WJ de Wet Stadium in Despatch, which marks the first of three internationals over two weeks.
The team hit the ground running at training at the Madibaz Stadium in Port Elizabeth this week following the friendly between the SA Select Women and Spain Invitational XV last Saturday (which the visitors won 17-5), and Kama was pleased with the tempo and quality of the training sessions so far.
“We are definitely getting into Test mode,” said Kama.
“Our last international was in August during the 2021 Rugby World Cup Qualifiers in Brakpan, so we have had to make that shift back into match mode before Saturday.
“We played against Spain on their home turf last year and we saw their Invitational XV team in action against the SA Select Women last weekend, so we have an idea of what to expect from them and we are preparing accordingly.”
Kama said while the more experienced players had slotted back into the set-up with ease, the new players added a new dimension to the squad.
“The players have managed to get back into the swing of things nicely in Port Elizabeth, and fortunately some of them have been involved in the set-up before, so they know the structures well,” said the coach.
“The new players have introduced a few new fresh skills and they are eager to make their presence felt, so we are working hard with them to ensure that they can perform at their best at this level.”
Kama expected a tough challenge against Spain, but he was pleased with the progress his team was making and suggested it could be a gripping encounter.
“The players and management are well prepared and excited for the match, and with three Tests behind us in August, we are in a good place in terms of training,” said Kama.
“Spain has slick hands and they enjoy spreading the ball around, and that is one of the areas we need to counter this week.
“But that said, I have believe in our players’ abilities and I know they are capable of delivering a quality performance, so we will continue to put in the hard yards during the week to ensure that we are well prepared when we take the field.”
The Springbok Women’s coaches will announce their match-day squad for the clash on Friday.
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Golden Lions Youth Rugby will be holding it's IPT Team capping ceremony this Sunday 15th September 2019 from 12pm - 3pm at Emirates Airlines Park.
The IPT (Inter Provincial Tournament) is hosted on a yearly basis and includes 4 provinces: Lions, Sharkes, Blue Bulls and Falcons (Valke)
The teams (u13 - u18) from each province are made up of the best 23 players from the Youth Rugby Clubs in each province. Being selected for an IPT Team is a honour, and is seen in the same way as been chosen for the craven week teams.
The boys go through a few rounds of trials before the official team for each age group is announced.
This year the Inter Provincial Tournement will be hosted by the Lions and all games will be played at Marais Viljoen High school in Alberton.
Tournament Date: 23 - 28 september 2019.
Springbok Women’s coach Stanley Raubenheimer and assistant coach Lungisa Kama shared the players’ excitement ahead of Saturday’s match between the SA Select Women and the Spain Invitational XV in Despatch and said they were looking forward to seeing the young team in action.
The team will be coached by Kama and fellow Springbok Women’s assistant coach, Eddie Myners.
An expanded squad consisting of Springbok Women’s and SA Select players gathered in Port Elizabeth on Sunday to begin their preparations for Saturday’s match and the Bok Women’s Test against Spain on Saturday 21 September. Both these matches will both be hosted at the WJ de Wet Stadium in Despatch.
“We had our first training session on Monday and the conditioning aspect was quite challenging for some of the new players, as they are not used to training at this intensity,” said Raubenheimer.
“But it is important that we expose them to what is expected at this level, so they know what they have to work towards. That said, it has been pleasing to see them bite the bullet and push through, and it is a good start for them.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for the young players to stake a claim for places in the Test team in future, and I am really excited to see what they have to offer.”
Kama was also pleased with the progress the players were making in camp and said: “Our training is going well and the vibe in the squad is good. Some of the women are here for the first time and they are excited to be part of the group, so I have no doubt they will use this opportunity to grow as players and learn as much as possible.”
With only a week to prepare the squad, Kama said the focus in the next few days will be on the structures and sharpening up on the players’ basic skills.
“We have limited time to prepare the squad so the keys for us this week are to fine-tune the basic skills and ensure that we can implement that effectively on the field. Our game plan in general will be quite simple, as we would like to get the best out of these skillful youngsters,” he said.
Kama said there were two objectives for the team going into Saturday’s friendly.
“One of the main goals with the selection of this team was to have an opportunity to work with the younger players and see who has the potential to play at a higher level,” said Kama.
“But we would also like to win the match and prove that although this is an SA Select team we have good talent coming through.
“Having played against Spain in the UK last year we have an idea of what to expect from their Invitational XV going into the game, but the key for us will be to implement our structures well and hopefully we will get the desired results. This match is a great opportunity for us to see what we have in the basket in terms of the talent on offer in SA.”
Myners and Kama will name their match-day squad for the clash on Friday.
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The Golden Lions and SWD booked their places in the B Section final of the SA Rugby Women’s Interprovincial Competition in style over the weekend as they cruised to emphatic victories over the Limpopo Blue Bulls and Free State respectively.
The Golden Lions registered a convincing 59-19 win against the Limpopo Blue Bulls in Johannesburg, while SWD outplayed Free State 72-5 in George, which saw them complete the pool stages unbeaten and with a full house of points.
In the other matches, Griquas finished their season strongly with a rewarding 34-15 away-win against the Griffons in Welkom, and the Leopards defeated the Pumas 68-7 in Potchefstroom.
The Women’s Interprovincial B Section final will be played as a curtain-raiser to the A Section final between defending champions, Western Province, and Border in Cape Town on Saturday, 7 September.
It was a closely-fought first half at Emirates Airlines Park where the Golden Lions, runners up in the competition last year, held a narrow 17-12 halftime lead against the Limpopo Blue Bulls, but they had too much firepower for the visitors in the second half and scored at will.
Golden Lions centre Piwokuhle Nyanda and winger Boni Sibiya were in hot form, each contributing hat-tricks, which paved the way for the side to score an impressive 10 tries.
A hat-trick by SWD fullback Antoneca Hannies and braces by Patricia Korkey (winger), Elize Arendse (replacement looseforward) and versatile back Nicolene Barendse, meanwhile, laid the foundation for their 72-5 victory against Free State, in which they racked up 12 tries.
Hannies supported her fine attacking display with a good kicking performance, slotting five conversions, for a personal total of 25 points.
Such was the hosts’ dominance in the match, they built up a 29-0 lead at the break, and they maintained this form until the final whistle.
The Leopards also produced a superb performance in their 68-7 victory against the Pumas, scoring 12 tries and conceding only one, with Thembakazi Fulela (replacement hooker) scoring a hat-trick and Khumo Sefako (winger), Portia Mariquele (No 8) and Nomsa Mokwai (flanker) braces.
In Welkom, Griquas lock Jane Beukes and No 8 Nicole Van Wyk each scored twice, which provided the edge they needed to out-score the Griffons six tries to three for their 34-15 victory.
Women’s Interprovincial B Section results (Saturday, 31 August):
Griffons 15-34 Griquas – HT Pelatona Projects Stadium, Welkom
SWD 72-5 Free State – Rosemoor Sport Grounds, George
Leopards 68-7 Pumas – Olen Park, Potchefstroom
Golden Lions 59-19 Limpopo Blue Bulls – Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg
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