Defending SA Rugby Women’s Interprovincial champions, Border, and Western Province on Saturday continued to stamp their authority in the early stages of Section A in the tournament as they cruised to convincing victories for the second week to remain unbeaten.
The Capetonians overcame a competitive first half against KwaZulu-Natal at Growthpoint Kings Park in Durban in which they were only able to score an unconverted try by Sinazo Mcatshulwa, before controlling proceedings thanks to their effective attack and defence.
Such was the quality of their display in the second half they ran in another four tries, two of which were scored by veteran centre Natasha Hofmeester, while they prevented the opposition from scoring a single point, for a 25-0 victory.
A strong first half, meanwhile, paved the way for Border’s 29-17 victory against the Blue Bulls at the BCM Stadium in East London, with the side doing well to capitalise on their point-scoring chances, which earned them four tries, three conversions and a penalty goal, for a 29-0 lead at the break.
In stark contrast, the second half was dominated by the Blue Bulls, who tightened up their defence to deny the Eastern Cape side from adding to their score, while they stepped up their attack to score three tries, one of which was converted.
Unfortunately for the Pretoria side, however, this was not enough to undo the damage inflicted by Border in the first half, and they had to settle for the 29-17 defeat.
Eastern Province, meanwhile, bounced back from their heavy 52-3 defeat in the opening round to register a morale-boosting 39-0 away win against Free State to get their campaign on the go. The match proved to be one-sided as Free State’s defence was porous, while they lacked the firepower on attack to apply pressure on Eastern Province.
The opposition, however, used their chances well and crossed the chalk four tries for their efforts, which will motivate them as the competition progresses.
SA Rugby Women’s Interprovincial round two results (Saturday, 22 July):
KwaZulu-Natal 0-25 Western Province (Growthpoint Kings Park B Field)
Border 29-17 Blue Bulls (BCM Stadium, East London)
Free State 0-39 Eastern Province (Clive Solomons Stadium, Bloemfontein)