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Springbok women's sevens are African champs
September 22, 2008
The Springbok Women’s Sevens team has made it to the first ever IRB Women’s Sevens World Championships to be held in Dubai next March, after being crowned Champions of the Confederation of African Rugby tournament in Uganda on Sunday.

In a contest geared towards determining the qualifying countries for the Dubai tournament, South Africa displayed their superiority on the field of play when they swept past their opponents with high margins on the scoreboard.

South Africa coach Denver Wannies said his team was “very excited” about their performance in Uganda. “Our plans are coming together and we continue to meet our targets. It was great motivation knowing that we were playing for a place in the World Championships.”

Wannies added that they were not resting on their laurels. “We have clearly defined targets and can’t afford to lose focus. In the next week or so, we will be working on plans for the next phase.”

They won by beating Uganda 24-0 in the final. They opened the tournament on Saturday with a 43-0 drubbing of Uganda A. After that it was 31-0 against Zambia, and 36-5 against the Kenyans.

In the semi-finals, they again met Kenya, emerging triumphant with a 26-5 win. South Africa is joined by fellow finalists Uganda as representatives for Africa in Dubai.

The other countries in the tournament were Botswana, Ivory Coast, Madagascar, Tunisia, and Zimbabwe.

Wannies will now be watching the Women’s Sevens Inter-Provincial tournament in Cape Town in October to see if there was additional talent as he prepares for Dubai.

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