NEWS ARTICLES
Womens Rugby Report 2007
January 24, 2008

SEVEN’S RUGBY

SA Games

The SA Games were held in Bloemfontein 24-28 September 2007. 9 x U/16 Provincial Girls Teams took part in the 7’s event. All the rugby provinces were involved in the preliminary stages of selection, thereby, giving opportunities to more than 3000 girls to participate in organised girls sport during trials.

The tournament was won by KZN who are making great strides in developing rugby in the previously disadvantaged rural communities of that region.

The SARU Selectors were on hand to identify talent for the U/20 National Squad.

Seven’s Inter Provincial Competition

The Seven’s Inter-Provincial competition for Men and Women was staged at Tygerberg Rugby Club for the second year on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th November 2007.

Women’s Section
The general standard of the games showed a lot of improvement. The players displayed good skills and game sense. The girls are maturing at playing to patterns and improving on taking available opportunities.

Eastern Province won the tournament. The fitness levels and conditioning showed a lot of improvement.

KZN and Free State were not far behind; these athletes could develop into great players if exposed to high performance programmes.

Event Organisation
Western Province together with their sponsors Vodacom, Coca Cola, Nando’s and Discovery etc presented a memorable event. All the participants have good things to say about the way the event was presented. Outstanding players and teams walked away with lucrative prizes like Cellphones, Holiday Packages and Sports Hampers.

Car Women’s Seven’s In Uganda

The SA Emerging Women’s Seven’s team won the 7’s Tournament in Uganda on the 16th June 2007 and won for the second consecutive year.

There was a significant improvement in the standard of rugby at the tournament. The tournament will serve as the IRB African Qualifier for the IRB Seven’s Tournament in Dubai.

WOMEN’S RUGBY

The 2007 Season has come and gone, only lessons learnt from it could be told. The standard of Women’s Rugby is improving, although it may not have reached the desired standards but the improvement is apparent. Maturity will come with time, what is required is exposure to high profile competition and consistency in the domestic programmes.

Bottom 6 Competition

The tournament took place in Nelspruit (Mpumalanga), culminating into a final played on 9th August, National Women’s Day. The tournament was won by the Leopards Team, which showed a lot of improvement. They annihilated Falcons in the final to be crowned the champions of the season. Blue Bulls Limpopo and Correctional Services teams participated for the first time in the tournament.

Inter Provincial League

The gap between the team scores had closed and every game had been a contest. Two Provinces who did not show improvement in their respective sections are SWD in A and Griffons in the B Section. Both did not win any games this season. Border did not perform to their true potential this season. The B Section Final was contested by KZN and Free State. KZN won.

The A Section final was a repeat of the epic battles between Blue Bulls and Eastern Province. A much improved Eastern Province won the match and were crowned Champions of the 2007 Season.

Provincial Coaches for Women

Coaching is the foundation of sporting excellence. In Women’s Rugby we have to ensure that the Coaches adopt a style that is athlete centred and that promotes learning.

We are encouraging sharing of information across the provinces to provide critique and challenge. That will have drive, innovation and uplift the standard of rugby continuously.

A Workshop for all Provincial Coaches was held at Tygerberg Rugby Club over a 3 day period from the 6 - 8 June 2007.

Every season similar Workshops will be conducted focussing on different themes. Experts from Sports Science and Rugby Coaching will b e invited to deal with specified subjects.

MATCH CENTRE
FIXTURES
     
RESULTS
     

Copyright - SA Rugby. All Rights Reserved - Photos by Gallo Images