DHL Western Province 72 (36) – Tries: Cindy Booi, Donelle Snyders (2), Veroeshka Grain (4), Felicia Jacobs (2), Zintle Mpupha (2), Alichia Arries. Conversions: Vuyo Maqholo (6).

EP Queens 19 (7) – Tries: Sinalo Mtshizana, Raylene Noubos, Penalty Try. Conversion: Zenay Jordaan.

Border Ladies outclass Cell C Sharks Women with eight-try romp

The Border Ladies blew the Cell C Sharks out of the water with a stunning first-half display at Jonsson Kings Park in Durban to outplay the home side 48-0.

The visitors crossed the tryline an impressive seven times in the first stanza – with Zintle Holofela (centre) earning a hat-trick and Sticks Lafutha (winger) a brace – which saw them enter the break with a comprehensive 43-0 lead.

The second half proved to be much more competitive as the hosts tried to make their presence felt on attack and stepped up their defence, which limited Border to only one try, taking their tally for the match to eight.

The 2019 finalists delivered a superb display all around with their forwards and backs combining well, and they rounded this off with impressive pace and finishing.

Springbok Women’s flanker Lusanda Dumke opened the scoring in the second minute from a great break and fantastic support play, and Holofela added their second try two minutes later after receiving a well-timed pass following another good line break.

They built on this with Lafutha scoring back-to-back tries within 10 minutes, which secured the side their bonus point and a 22-0 lead early in the second quarter.

Holofela dived in for her second try in the 26th minute after an earlier turnover at a ruck close to the Sharks’ tryline, and minutes later Sxobo Diliza (hooker) crossed the chalk from a pick-and-go.

Holofela wrapped up her hat-trick two minutes before the break after snatching the ball out of the air from a timely pass close to the tryline, and this inflated their lead to 43-0.

The Cell C Sharks Women, in turn, had only one encouraging opportunity to score points in the first half through a penalty goal, but the attempt was unsuccessful.

The KwaZulu-Natalians entered the second half with an attacking mindset, which enabled them to apply more pressure, but with light rain complicating matters, the wet ball hampered their efforts.

The hosts were reduced to 14 players in the fourth quarter as Nqabakazi Nqoro (flanker) received a yellow card for a high tackle, but they managed to shut out the visitors on attack.

With the clock winding down, the Border Ladies continued to show their class on attack, and this paid off with Siphokuhle Am (replacement back) scoring their eighth try for a gratifying 48-0 victory.


Border Ladies 48 (43) – Tries: Lusanda Dumke, Zintle Holofela (3), Sticks Lafutha (2), Sxobo Diliza, Siphokuhle Am. Conversions: Teddy Nobanda (4).

Cell C Sharks Women 0

Boland Dames break Blue Bulls’ hearts in Wellington

The Boland Dames broke their Women’s Premier Division duck with a hard-fought 23-19 victory over the Blue Bulls Women on a sunny afternoon in Wellington, where both teams were full of running.

Both sides scored three tries apiece, with the home team enjoying more territory and possession, and with Springbok Women’s No 8 Aseza Hele leading the charge, the Dames often punched holes in the women from Pretoria’s defence.

Imbokodo star Nadine Roos (flyhalf) got an early try for the home team, but her opposite number, Libbie Janse van Rensburg, who was in superb form, cancelled it out a few minutes later with her first try.

The Bolanders then stepped up a gear and added two more tries – by Mophy Ngwevu (centre) and Xoliswa Mbobo (wing) – while Demi Nel (centre) added a penalty goal to her earlier conversion to hand the home team a 20-5 lead at the break.

The Blue Bulls Women tried hard on the attack, but unforced errors and good defence by the Bolanders kept them out.

The visitors turned the tide after the break, with Janse van Rensburg scoring two tries in quick succession midway through the half, and by converting both her tries, the Blue Bulls’ No 10 put her team one point behind (20-19) with 20 minutes to go.

Nel slotted her second penalty goal with less than 10 minutes remaining to push Boland ahead by four points, and that is how it stayed until the end.


Boland Dames 23 (20) – Tries: Nadine Roos, Mophy Ngwevu, Xoliswa Mbobo. Conversion: Demi Nel. Penalty Goals: Nel (2).

Blue Bulls Women 19 (5) – Tries: Libbie Janse van Rensburg (3). Conversions: Janse van Rensburg (2).