SA Women’s Sevens Lose Both Opening Matches At Commonwealth Games


The Springbok Women's Sevens team had two tough pool games on the first day of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on Friday, losing to Australia in their first clash (38-0) before going down against a determined Fijiana side in their second pool game (41-0).

The Fijiana scored seven tries without reply, capitalising on defensive errors from the South Africans, who are without a number of regular players currently on tour with the Springbok Women's 15s team in Japan.

The SA Women’s Sevens team also struggled to get possession and keep it, which was a big problem against the direct Fijiana, who were ruthless from turnovers.

Reapi Ulunisau scored two of the Fijiana's tries, but it was a quick-fire double by Sesenieli Donu in the first two minutes of the second half that put her team in firm control after the half-time score was 19-0.

The SA Women play Scotland in their final pool match on Saturday, with kick-off scheduled for 10h00.

Fijiana 41 (19) – Tries: Reapi Ulunisau (2), Vani Buleki, Ana Maria Naimasi, Sesenieli Donu (2), Lavena Cavuru. Conversions: Naimasi (2), Ulunisau.

In their first game on Friday, the South African Women's Sevens were unable to contain the powerful Australian outfit as they suffered a 38-0 defeat in their opening Pool B match.

The Australians, who won the silver medal at the Gold Coast in 2018 and dominated the 2022 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, ran six unanswered tries as they translated their power and pace into numerous scoring opportunities.

South Africa struggled with their defence in the first half and their opponents scored four tries as a result, setting up a comfortable 26-0 half-time lead. Maddison Levi scored twice in the opening stanza, while Faith Nathan and Charlotte Caslick also went over.

Better coordination on defence from Paul Delport’s team saw them restricting their strong opponents to just two tries in the second half, scored by Caslick and Madison Ashby on the stroke of full-time.

Australia 38 (26) – Tries: Maddison Levi (2), Charlotte Caslick (2), Faith Nathan, Madison Ashby. Conversions: Tia Hinds (4).