Three Springbok Women’s Sevens players – Zintle Mpupha, Eloise Webb and Megan Comley – will be in action in the second round of SA Rugby’s Women’s Interprovincial competition, with the big match in Cape Town where Western Province host KwaZulu-Natal in a top-of-the-table clash on Saturday afternoon.
Both these coastal sides kicked their season off with convincing bonus-point victories in the opening round two weekends ago – WP crushed the Blue Bulls by 77-3 and KZN beat Free State by 20-3.
The defending champions from Cape Town will be keen to build on this big victory, but the ladies from Durban, who will be boosted by Comley’s availability, will put up a big fight when they clash at City Park in Athlone on Saturday. Last year, WP won the corresponding match in Durban by 25-0.
Webb and Mpupha, who captains the national side, back with Border after the Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco recently, will add some sting to the East Londoners’ backline against the Blue Bulls in Pretoria, where they will hope to repeat their 29-17 win from 2017.
The East Londoners, who registered a bonus-point victory in the opening round, have been dominant in recent seasons – they won the competition from 2013 to 2016 – and they will run out as favourites at Tuine Rugby Club to build on their first round victory of 22-12 over Eastern Province.
Eastern Province host Free State in the other match of the second round, at Wolfson Stadium in Kwazakhele, near Port Elizabeth.
EP came up short against Border last weekend, but they will be looking to get their season back on track against the team from Central South Africa, whom they beat by 39-0 in Bloemfontein last year.
Women’s Interprovincial fixtures – Round 2 (Saturday, 4 August)
13h00: Eastern Province v Free State – Wolfson Stadium, Port Elizabeth
14h30: Western Province v KwaZulu-Natal – City Park, Cape Town
15h00: Blue Bulls v Border – Tuine Rugby Club, Pretoria