CAPE TOWN – Skipper Nolusindiso Booi believes the Springbok women’s team are on the right track as they prepare to take on Spain in the second Test of their European tour on Saturday.
After going down 19-5 in a spirited performance against Wales last weekend, 33-year-old Booi is confident her charges will be better prepared mentally for Saturday’s Test at Campo de Rugby in Villajoyosa.
“The performance against Wales was good from a confidence perspective; it showed we are on the right track,” said Booi.
“It was our first Test in a few years and we had a new team, so hopefully we can build on that performance against Spain.
“With most of the players having had a taste of Test rugby against Wales, I think we will be better prepared for the challenge ahead because we know what to expect and what we need to do as a team.”
The Springbok women’s team started their preparations for the clash against Spain on Monday after a travel and recovery day on Sunday, and Booi said they had settled in well after making the journey from Cardiff.
“The players have adapted well to being in Spain,” Booi said. “It is much warmer here, which has been good, and our preparations are going well.
“One of the areas we have been focussing on this week is our scrummaging because Wales really tested us in that department. The set-pieces are very important to lay a solid foundation from which to attack, so we need to be better in that area this weekend.
“We need to stick to our structures and round off our chances more effectively, and hopefully we can work our way into a position to win the match.”
Springbok women’s coach Stanley Raubenheimer will announce his team to face Spain tomorrow.
African News Agency (ANA)
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