July 19, 2024

Coastal derbies highlight Women’s Premier Division clashes

CAPE TOWN – The match between DHL Western Province and Sanlam Boland Dames highlights another intriguing round of the SA Rugby Women’s Premier Division, with this coastal derby a straight shoot-out for second spot on the log.

The winner of the match at City Park will move into second place on the log, where the Bulls Daisies are still sitting pretty at the top. The defending champions are hosting Free State Women in Pretoria this weekend and are clear favourites in round nine of the competition.

In another dual for coastal bragging rights, Border Women awaits EP Queens in East London. The visitors are desperate for a first win but seems unlikely to change their fortunes and move from the bottom of the log. In the remaining match of the round, Golden Lions Women will host Sharks Women at Alberton Rugby Club. 

The Cape clash has all the elements of a cliff-hanger. Both teams won six out of eight matches so far and have 31 log points. The Dames have a slightly better points differential and much will depend on the re-introduction of regular Springbok Women No 8, Aseza Hele, back into the Dames jersey.

Hele returned from a stint with Harlequins Women in England and is named to start at inside centre where her strong ball carries could be telling for the visitors.

The home side have some serious pace in their backline to counter that and it will most likely be the impact of the bench that will determine the winner in this highly anticipated clash.

The Daisies coach, Hayden Groepes, tweaked his side for their Loftus B encounter with Free State Women, with Zeeze Maguga getting a first start at outside centre and Sizophila Solontsi returning to the squad after her stint with the Springbok Women’s Sevens in Madrid.

In a significant move, Free State coach, Darren Colby, moved Anacadia Minnaar from flyhalf to scrumhalf and Bernice Strydom to flyhalf as he tries to put some spark back into his attack.

The home side will be overwhelming favourites, especially after the huge defeat the visitors suffered against Dames last week.

Eastern Cape bragging rights will be at stake again in East London, where Border Ladies will host the EP Queens at Baysville High School.

The home side won their earlier encounter with ease and given the defensive issues the Queens seem to have, one can expect the Border backs to have a productive afternoon. They have been boosted by the availability of Springbok Women’s Sevens centre, Asisipho Plaatjies, who will start off the bench.

The Golden Lions Women are in desperate need of another win if they want to keep their title hopes alive, but the Sharks Women loom large on the horizon. The visitors have Mary Zulu back at flyhalf, and she, alongside experienced Tayla Kinsey should carry the Durbanites to secure another win, as they did in the previous clash between the two, won 29-17 by the home team in Durban.

 

Match details:

Border Ladies v EP Queens

Date: Saturday, 15 June 2024

Venue:  Baysville High School, East London

Kick-off: 12h45

Referee: Lulutho Matomela

Bulls Daisies vs Free State Women

Date: Saturday, 15 June 2024

Venue: Loftus Versfeld B, Pretoria

Kick-off: 13h00

Referee: Aneka Fick

DHL Western Province vs Sanlam Boland Dames

Date: Saturday, 15 June 2024

Venue: City Park Stadium, Athlone

Kick-off: 13h00

Referee: Bulela Qwane

Golden Lions Women vs Sharks Women

Date: Saturday, 15 June 2024

Venue: Alberton Rugby Club

Kick-off: 13h00

Referee: Angie Bezuidenhout

Livestream: Springbok YouTube

 

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