Coach Stanley Raubenheimer singled out poor defence and the Springbok Women’s team’s struggle to capitalise on scoring opportunities as the main contributing factors to their disappointing 47-5 hiding from Scotland at the City Park Stadium in Cape Town on Monday.
Scotland showed their intent from the outset, scoring four tries to none in the first half, which pushed them 22-0 ahead going into the break, and they added four more in the second half while limiting the hosts to one for the convincing victory.
“There are a lot of things we need to work on, which we will do during the week, and hopefully we will come out with a better performance on Saturday.
“Our defence is a concern, that is one area we need to have a serious chat about, and handling errors and penalties conceded were again an issue. As a team we are learning slowly, but we need to take the lessons from that.”
Looking ahead at their next fixture against Scotland on Saturday [tomorrow], Raubenheimer said: “One always needs to try to build on something. I thought our scrum was good and we created a few chances, although we could not use them.
“But we need to improve overall I think, from an attitude and intensity perspective, as well as in our effectiveness in general.”
Perhaps the most telling moment of the match was in the eleventh minutes when the Springbok Women were reduced to 14 players after Chumisa Qawe received a yellow card a dangerous tackle. Scotland took full advantage of the extra woman during the ten minutes the Qawe was banished to the naughty chair.