Springbok Women’s coach Stanley Raubenheimer made six changes to his starting line-up for the series decider against Scotland at the City Park Stadium in Cape Town today. Scotland won the first match on Monday 47-5 with relative ease showing that the Springboks still has a long way to become a threat to the top teams of the world.
The two changes among the forwards were at hooker, where Annique Geswind starts in place of Lindelwa Gwala, and Edwaline Dickson (No 8) comes in for Aseza Hele, who is nursing an ankle niggle. Gwala and Hele will provide cover off the bench.
“Aseza is nursing an ankle injury, so we have opted to include her on the bench,” said Raubenheimer.
Shuneez van Heerden (winger) will make her debut after being named in the run-on team, while Prelene Pegram (lock) and Noxolo Mankayi (prop), who have retained their places among the replacements, also stand a chance to make their debuts.
Van Heerden’s inclusion on the left wing sees Piwokuhle Nyanda move to the right wing, with Nomawethu Mabenge moving to the bench, with the other changes in the backline seeing Chuma Qawe (fullback), Sesethu Mtshazi (centre) and Unam Tose (scrumhalf) earn their first starts.
“This is obviously a very young team, but the reason for the changes is so that we take stock of the players we have and see who we can work with in the next two years in the lead-up to the 2021 Rugby World Cup.”
Raubenheimer expected Scotland to pose another big challenge on Saturday and said: “They showed what they can do if they spread the ball, with their quality handling skills, but at the same time our defence was very poor in our last outing.
“We know it is going to be a tough encounter, but if we can come through the match with the players showing good character, I will be pleased.”
Despite fielding a young team, Raubenheimer was excited about the clash and said: “I would like the players to remain composed and execute the areas of the game we worked on this week effectively. This is another good opportunity for them to test themselves at this level and I am looking forward to seeing what they have to offer.”
Springbok Women’s team to face Scotland: 15. Chuma Qawe, 14. Piwokuhle Nyanda, 13. Chumisa Qawe, 12. Sesethu Mtshazi, 11. Shuneez van Heerden, 10. Anacadia Minnaar, 9. Unam Tose, 8. Edwaline Dickson, 7. Nompumelelo Mathe, 6. Phelisa Mrwebi, 5. Karthy Dludla, 4. Celeste Adonis, 3. Babalwa Latsha (captain), 2. Annique Geswind, 1. Yonela Ngxingolo. Replacements: 16. Lindelwa Gwala, 17. Noxolo Mankayi, 18. Onaka Jita, 19. Prelene Pegram, 20. Aseza Hele, 21. Tayla Kinsey, 22. Aphiwe Ngwevu, 23. Nomawethu Mabenge.