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    Posted: 30-Sep-2019 at 9:24am

Chumisa Qawe (centre), Anacadia Minnaar (flyhalf), Nomawethu Mabenge (winger) and Edwaline Dickson (No 8) could make their Springbok Women’s debuts against Scotland at the City Park Stadium in Athlone, Cape Town, on Monday after being named in coach Stanley Raubenheimer’s match-day squad for the clash.

The match, which kicks off at 17h00, is the first of two Tests against Scotland and the third international for the team stretching over two weeks. The sides will meet again at the same venue on Saturday, 5 October.

Raubenheimer’s starting team showed five changes to the side that took the field against Spain a little over a week ago, which will see Qawe join forces with Aphiwe Ngwevu in the midfield, young flankers Phelisa Mrwebi and Nompumelelo Mathe forming a new-look loose trio with hard-running No 8 Aseza Hele, Mabenge and Piwokuhle Nyanda being named as the wingers, and Minnaar forming a new halfback combination with the experienced Tayla Kinsey (scrumhalf).

Dickson, meanwhile, will provide looseforward cover off the bench.

Qawe’s inclusion in the starting team means she could have the honour of being on the field at the same time as her twin sister, Chuma – who has been named among the replacements - in a fully-fledged international fixture for the first time.

“We were forced to make changes to our squad since the 2021 Rugby World Cup Qualifiers due to injuries and some players returning to the Springbok Women’s Sevens set-up, which has resulted in a few new players receiving an opportunity to play at this level,” said Raubenheimer.

“Fortunately we had an opportunity to see some of them in action when the SA Select Women faced the Spain Invitational XV, but for others this is where we will find out if they can cope with the pressure of Test rugby.

“Anacadia, in particular, has a big task ahead since she is in a position that requires her to dictate play. But hopefully she will step up to the occasion and deliver on the promise she showed for the South Africa U20 Women and for her provincial team in the last few months.”

Raubenheimer said there were a few key areas that were vital for his charges to deliver a quality performance on Monday.

“The biggest thing for me is that we keep building our performance to ensure that we improve steadily,” said the coach.

“We have had to switch our team in the last few matches, which makes things tougher, and with a few uncapped players this week and a new flyhalf, it could take time to find our feet.

“But that said, if we can retain possession for longer periods, make fewer unforced errors and concede fewer penalties than against Spain, I will be pleased.”

Raubenheimer expected a physical onslaught from Scotland, but he said the focus in camp this week has been on ensuring that their systems are place to deliver a quality performance, rather than paying too much attention to what the opposition has to offer.

“Our focus has been purely on our structures this week, rather than looking at Scotland,” said Raubenheimer.

“We have the opportunity to face them twice, which is nice because we can track our improvement from one game to the next.

“That said, we expect them to play like most of the European teams, with a forward-dominated approach and solid set pieces. So we will have to front up to that, and hopefully we can create chances for ourselves throughout the match.”

The match will streamed live on www.springboks.rugby.

Springbok Women’s team to face Scotland:

15 – Vuyolwethu Maqholo (Western Province)

14 – Nomawethu Mabenge (Eastern Province)

13 – Chumisa Qawe (Border)

12 – Aphiwe Ngwevu (Border)

11 – Piwokuhle Nyanda (Golden Lions)

10 – Anacadia Minnaar (Eastern Province)

9 – Tayla Kinsey (KZN)

8 – Aseza Hele (Eastern Province)

7 – Nompumelelo Mathe (KZN)

6 – Phelisa Mrwebi (Eastern Province)

5 – Karthy Dludla (KZN)

4 – Celeste Adonis (Boland)

3 – Babalwa Latsha (captain – Western Province)

2 – Lindelwa Gwala (KZN)

1 – Yonela Ngxingolo (Border)

Replacements:

16 – Annique Geswind (Western Province)

17 – Noxolo Mankayi (Eastern Province)

18 – Onaka Jita (Boland)

19 – Prelene Pegram (SWD)

20 – Edwaline Dickson (SWD)

21 – Unam Tose (Border)

22 – Sesethu Mtshazi (Western Province)

23 - Chuma Qawe (Border)

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Raubenheimer: Defence and missed chances cost Springbok Women

Springbok Women’s coach Stanley Raubenheimer singled out poor defence and his team’s struggle to capitalise on their scoring opportunities as the main contributing factors to their disappointing 47-5 defeat against Scotland at the City Park Stadium in Cape Town on Monday.

 

Scotland showed their intent from the outset, scoring four tries to none in the first half, which pushed them 22-0 ahead going into the break, and they added four more in the second half while limiting the hosts to one for the convincing victory.

 

“I am very disappointed, it was a tough day at the office,” said Raubenheimer.

 

“There are a lot of things we need to work on, which we will do during the week, and hopefully we will come out with a better performance on Saturday.

 

“Our defence is a concern, that is one area we need to have a serious chat about, and handling errors and penalties conceded were again an issue. As a team we are learning slowly, but we need to take the lessons from that.”

 

Looking ahead at their next fixture against Scotland on Saturday, Raubenheimer said: “One always needs to try to build on something. I thought our scrum was good and we created a few chances, although we could not use them.

 

“But we need to improve overall I think, from an attitude and intensity perspective, as well as in our effectiveness in general.”

 

Chloe Rollie (fullback) put the first points on the board in the third minute after the visitors spread the ball into space from a lineout, and Rhonda Lloyd (winger) added their second try three minutes later compliments of more effective handling and hard running, which handed them a 12-0 lead.

 

The Springbok Women were reduced to 14 players soon after with Chumisa Qawe (centre) receiving a yellow card in the 11th minute for a dangerous tackle, and Scotland took full advantage of this with Lloyd earning her second try after a great burst of pace to get around the defence.

 

The visitors continued to show patience on attack and used their superior territory and possession well, which paved the way for Rollie to score her second try as she navigated her way through the defence after a few phases on attack.

 

The Springbok Women fought back strongly late in the half and they got close to the tryline on three occasions, but a combination of mistakes at crucial times and good defensive pressure from the Scots denied them from breaking through, and saw them trail 22-0 at halftime.

 

Scotland wasted no time inflating their score in the second half with Lisa Thomson (winger) touching down in the first minute, but this was cancelled out minutes later by Springbok Women’s No 8 Aseza Hele, who used her pace and power to force her way over the chalk.

 

The Springbok Women were again reduced to 14 players in the 52nd minute as Phelisa Mrwebi (flanker) received a yellow card for cynical play, and Scotland opted for a penalty goal in front of the posts to take a 30-5 lead.

 

Scotland once again took advantage of the extra player on the field with Helen Nelson (centre) scoring their sixth try after sprinting through a gap in the middle of the field, and they added another minutes later with Abi Evans (replacement winger) forcing her way over the chalk to stretch their lead to 42-5 with 14 minutes to play.

 

The Springbok Women refused to give up, and made their way close to the tryline once again late in the match, but they conceded a penalty close to the tryline, which denied them from capitalising on the chance.

 

In stark contrast, Scotland made the most of their last chance on attack with Evans dashing through for her brace and a convincing 47-5 victory against the Springbok Women.

 

The teams will meet in their second Test at the City Park Stadium at 15h00 on Saturday.

 

Scorers:

 

Springbok Women 5 (0) – Try: Aseza Hele.

 

Scotland 47 (22) – Tries: Chloe Rollie (2), Rhonda Lloyd (2), Lisa Thomson, Helen Nelson, Abi Evans (2). Conversions: Sarah Law (2). Penalty goal: Law.

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