Monday, 11 September 2017
The SA Select Women’s Sevens on Sunday finished the Hokkaido Invitational in Japan on a disappointing note as they suffered defeats in both their matches to finish the tournament in eighth position.
The team, coach by former BlitzBokke and Springboks player Jongi Nokwe, faced a tough challenge in the Plate semi-final against the Hokkaido Barbarians in their opening match on Sunday at the Hokkaido Barbarians Jozankei Ground. They went down 19-0 as they battled to match the home team physically and to use their opportunities on attack.
Their hopes of finishing the tournament on a high note in the seventh and eighth place playoff were also dashed as the Diana Barbarians dominated to earn a 22-0 victory.
The Canada Maple Leafs defeated Japan Women’s 7s Development in the final to win the title.
Commenting on the tournament SA Select Women’s Sevens coach Jongi Nokwe said: “It was always going to be a challenging tournament for us given the young team we brought over and our limited preparation time, but I am pleased with the attitude the players showed.
“The players will take a lot of lessons from the tournament both on and off the field, with the main one from a match perspective being that one has to front up physically in every game.”
SA Select Women’s Sevens Hokkaido Invitational Sevens day one results:
SA Select 21 – 17 Tokyo Phoenix Rugby Club
SA Select 0 – 50 Japan Women Development Squad by 50/0Hokkaido Barbarians
Cup Quarter finals
SA Select lost 0 – 29 to Canada Maple Leafs
Plate semi-final: SA Select 0 – 19 Hokkaido Barbarians
SA Select team finished in eighth position losing 0 – 22 to Hokkaido Barbarians Diana in the seventh place Plate semi finals play offs.
Overall, the tournaments third spot went to the New Zealand Black Ferns 7s Development Team who beat Queensland Academy of Sport’s 7s Development Team by 31 – 7.
Canada’s Maple Leafs won the tournament by beating Japan’s Development squad 22 – 17 in the Final.