SA women capture Botswana Sevens title

(IRB.COM) Monday 31 October 2011
 
 SA women capture Botswana Sevens title
SA captain Mandisa Williams once again led by example at the CAR South Sevens tournament

The South Africa Women Sevens team gave a significant step towards qualification for the next Rugby World Cup Sevens tournament with a convincing 40-5 win over Uganda in the final of the Confederation of African Rugby (South) tournament in Botswana on Sunday.

South Africa and runners-up Uganda will now meet the winners of the North section to determine which two teams will represent Africa at the next RWC Sevens showpiece in Russia in 2013.

Denver Wannies, the SA coach, said he was delighted with the outcome because it was his team’s first outing since the Rugby World Cup two years ago in Dubai.

“You can train as much and as hard as you want but the real test is in playing the actual matches,' said Wannies.

"We don’t get many opportunities to play but I am delighted by the commitment shown by the players. The key for us now would be to keep our momentum for the Dubai tournament in December.

The teams to compete in Dubai in December are the reigning Sevens world champions Australia, USA, Canada, England, Brazil, China, Spain and South Africa.

Mandisa Williams, the South African captain, said the team was determined to make the most of their limited playing opportunities.

“We obviously need more matches if we want to be able to compete against the likes of New Zealand, the European teams, USA and Canada," added Williams.

"For now, our focus was to win the tournament and secure our spot for the playoffs, which we did. We are all excited about the prospects of playing in Dubai later in the year.

Williams led her troops from the front again and she was well assisted by Thami Faleni amongst the forwards. Playmaker Zenay Jordaan showcased her excellent skills with a good overall performance and she was deservedly crowned as Player of the Tournament after scoring 50 points over the two days.

Kenya claimed third sport after defeating Zimbabwe 17-0 in their play-off match, Zambia beat Madagascar for sixth and Botswana beat Rwanda 24-0 for seventh.

FINAL TOURNAMENT STANDINGS

1.   South Africa
2.   Uganda
3.   Kenya
4.   Zimbabwe
5.   Zambia
6.   Madagascar
7.   Botswana
8.   Rwanda