The Springbok Women’s Sevens team won the Centrale Sevens tournament in Paris after going unbeaten in six matches on Thursday .
Victories over Ocean7s, Ukraine and Tunisia on Wednesday laid the platform for Thursday’s play, where they outplayed Ukraine 20-7 in their final pool match, before beating IDF 36-0 in the semi-finals.
The tournament culminated with a 24-7 win over the Ukraine in the final at the Stade de la Peupleraie in the French capital, and afterwards coach Paul Delport was full of praise for the effort put in by the squad.
‘I am very pleased and proud of how the team responded today,’ Delport said. ‘We had tough conditions, with rain yesterday and today, but they really played well.
‘We came here to be tested and to see where we are as a squad and I am pleased on both fronts. We are pretty lucky in not picking up any injuries. Especially in our matches against Ukraine, the squad had to dig deep.
‘We tried to spread the workload among the squad as well and everyone got good game time, which was another objective of the trip.’
SA scorers in the final – Tries: Zenay Jordaan, Nadine Roos (2), Rights Mkhari. Conversions: Eloise Webb (2).