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Inspired Springbok women blow Spain away at Ellis Park

Johannesburg — The women Springboks had never beaten their Spanish counterparts and on Saturday at Ellis Park, in their fourth meeting, they didn’t narrowly win, nor sneak to triumph, or wait for a last-minute play to secure a clutch victory … No, they utterly, completely and wholeheartedly crushed Spain to record an excellent 44-5 victory.

The Bok women dominated the first half, and had it not been for some errors here and there, a bit of over-enthusiasm, and a bit of luck landing on the side of the Spanish, they would have pulled away even further.

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Before the match, head coach Stanley Raubenheimer revealed that it must be in the DNA of SA rugby that the country’s players love the contact, and the SA women further proved that statement.

They enjoyed the set piece; harried at the line-out; had some impressive barnstorming runs by the tight-five through the Spanish defensive line; put in a good old-fashioned scrap at the rucks; and delivered scything tackles that will only enforce that world view. In the backline, inside-centre Chumisa Qawe used her strength to power through the midfield on multiple occasions.

What also became clear, is that this Bok team likes to run with ball in hand. They did so throughout the first stanza with aplomb, with a few handling errors and infringements halting their progress.

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