Big wins in Women’s Interprovincial Series

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The Leopards, Free State and Griquas on Saturday succeeded in building momentum in Section 2 of the SARU Women’s Interprovincial Series as they delivered solid performances to earn back-to-back victories in the competition.

The Leopards and Free State, in particular, were dominant in their performances with the Leopards thrashing the Limpopo Blue Bulls 59-17 in Seshego, while Free State thumped the Griffons 74-15 at the Old Grey Club in Bloemfontein.

In the other matches Griquas registered a narrow 10-5 victory against the Valke in Springbok and the Golden Lions suffered their third defeat in a row after going down 34-0 against Boland.

In Seshego, the Leopards delivered a fine display of attacking rugby which allowed them to run circles around the Limpopo Blue Bulls. Such was the Potchefstroom side’s dominance they scored 11 tries in total. The opposition tried hard to force their way into the match and earned three tries for their efforts, but with their defence proving to be porous, these efforts were cancelled out.

The first half between Free State and the Griffons at the Old Grey Club was competitive as both teams gave everything to gain ascendancy, which resulted in the hosts taking a narrow 22-15 lead at the break. But Free State found their rhythm on attack in the second half and tightened up their defence, which allowed them to control proceedings. The result was an impressive 12 tries and 74 points in the match, while they denied the Griffons from adding to their score in the last two quarters.

The clash between Boland and the Golden Lions also started with a closely fought first half, in which Boland managed to build up a 12-0 lead. But with the Lions’ confidence down and momentum favouring the hosts, the team’s defence again proved problematic, which allowed Boland to increase their try tally for the match to six and secure a 34-0 victory.

In Springbok Griquas and the Valke were involved in a tense battle for the full 80 minutes as both teams defended well throughout the match and battled to breach the tryline. Both teams scored only one try in the first half, but a successful conversion for Griquas handed them a narrow 7-5 half-time lead. The second half was even tighter as the only points scored was a penalty by Griquas to push their score to 10 for the match.

SARU Women’s Interprovincial Section 2 results:

Limpopo Blue Bulls 17 – 59 Leopards (Seshego Stadium, Seshego)

Free State 74 – 15 Griffons (Old Grey Club, Bloemfontein)

Boland 34 – 0 Golden Lions (Boland Stadium, Wellington)

Valke 5 – 10 Griquas (Nababeep Stadium, Springbok)

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