Imbokodo put up brave fight in loss to Russia
CAPE TOWN – The Springbok Women’s Sevens side produced an improved performance against Russia on Day Two of the Cape Town Sevens on Saturday, but it wasn’t enough to secure the win.
The South African women put up a brave fight and eventually went down 31-12.
The Imbokodo had a tough start to the weekend’s proceedings on Friday in their opener, suffering a 40-0 defeat to Dubai champions, New Zealand.
There was more intent in their play against the physical Russians, and they also got to move the ball around and string together attacking plays way more than what was the case against New Zealand and their pressuring line speed.
The South Africans scored the first try of the match through Liske Lategan, one of the women on debut, and it was a piece of play that saw the crowd go wild early on.
✅ Improved performance by #Imbokodo— Springbok Women (@WomenBoks) December 14, 2019
🇷🇺 Russian pace out wide too hot to handle
🗣 "We have a couple of hours to regroup and get our focus back."
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Russia hit back with a try of their own some time later and again crossed the whitewash just before half time, and in the second half, they scored three more tries, with South Africa also roping in one more by Megh Phillips.
The Imbokodo next face Fiji in their last pool game at 4.13 pm on Saturday.
Execution not always great, but big improvement. Now Fiji awaits— Springbok Women (@WomenBoks) December 14, 2019
Try-scorer Meghan Phillips explains. pic.twitter.com/lHyKdtUmO7
South Africa: Tries: Liske Lategan, Megh Phillips Conversion: Nadine Roos
Russia: Tries: Alena MMikhaltsova, Elena Zdrokova, Baizat Kamidova, Daria Noritsina Conversions: Kristina Seredina (3)