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Lady Blitzboks fight back for draw against Fiji
- Updated: May 23, 2015
The Springbok Women’s Sevens produced their best performance of the season at the Amsterdam Sevens tournament on Friday.
The girls fought back to secure a 19-19 draw against Fiji in their final pool match after going down against the USA and New Zealand earlier in the day.
This means they’ll take on China in the Bowl semi-final on Saturday.
The Lady Blitzboks showed fantastic character in the first half against Fiji with tries by Mathrin Simmers and a stunning individual try by speedster Phumeza Gadu, which were both converted, earning them a 14-12 lead at the break.
The team, however, was dealt a blow early in the second half as Marithy Pienaar was sin-binned, and Fiji immediately took advantage of this as they found space out wide to score their third try for a 19-14 lead.
South Africa, however, cancelled out the lead thanks to a try in the corner by replacement Jacqueline Kriel, who finished off a fantastic run of play spurred on by captain Zenay Jordaan. The conversion, however, was unsuccessful, which left the teams tied at 19-19 with seconds left on the clock.
Jordaan’s team, however, had an opportunity to secure a victory after being awarded a penalty, but they opted to kick for touch and settle for the draw.
The team delivered their best performance of the season on the opening day, as they showed initiative on attack and tightened up their defence. But despite this they went down 26-7 against the USA and 31-7 against New Zealand.
SA started their clash against the USA on a solid note with Nosiphiwo Goda scoring the first try of the match to put the team 7-0 ahead. But their lead was short-lived as the USA bounced back strongly with a try to level the scores.
They added another shortly before half time to take a 14-7 lead at the break, and then built on this in the second half with two more tries to secure victory.
In their second match South Africa leaked an early try against New Zealand as they missed several one-one tackles. The log-leaders supported this with a second try minutes later thanks to another strong run up-field for a 14-0 lead.
But South Africa hit back strongly by retaining possession and applying pressure on the defence and created two try-scoring chances.
They failed to use the first one, but a dummy pass by Mathrin Simmers allowed her to run in a try, which left them trailing 14-7 at the break.
New Zealand, however, had the first say in the second half as they scored their third try of the match to stretch their lead to 21-7. They continued to take advantage of the gaps in the Springbok Women’s Sevens defence as the half progressed to increase their tally to five tries for an encouraging 31-7 victory.
The competition ends on on Saturday.