Striking Back

The Cell C Sharks Women take on the Border Women in what is expected to be a tough round eight Women’s Inter-provincial Premier Division match at Police Park in East London on Saturday.

The results haven’t always gone the way of the Cell C Sharks Women, but there are encouraging signs coming out of a statistical analysis of their games which suggests improving performances.

Reflecting on last weekend’s match against Eastern Province Women that resulted in a narrow 15-10 loss in a match where the stats favoured the Durban side, conditioning coach Lusanda Mtiya explained that, “We managed to score first, but then allowed them right back immediately afterwards when they scored against us, and that’s a big challenge for us, to prevent this, when we allow the opposition to capitalise on our mistakes, because whenever we score, we seem to relax afterwards.

“We have been hard at work, focusing on our defence and attack, we have called in specialists in these areas to assist us, because our biggest frustration is that everything has been in our favour, but we’re just not putting points on the scoreboard.”

Border Women, with a five-from-seven record and second on the log will present formidable opposition, something Mtiya acknowledges.

“We’re hoping for a better performance this weekend, we know that it will be physical, it will be quick and will require everything from us, but we will be giving it our all.”

Saturday’s clash kicks off at 1pm.

Cell C Sharks Women:

1. Vanessa Holmes
2. Micke Gunter
3. GuGu Mthethwa
4. Thando Mbambo
5. Karthy Dludlu (c)
6. Mpumie Mathe
7. Phatheka Dzanibe
8. Sizo Solontsi
9. Nothando Wendy Majozi
10. Mary Zulu
11. Mbali Bukhosini
12. Zinhle Ndawonde
13. Nqobile Mhlangu
14. Buhle Msomi
15. Lyno Ziqubu

Replacements
16. Sne Luthuli
17. Nomfondo Mshololo
18. Nosipho Mkhwanzi
19. Nomonde Mbanjwa
20. Nobuhle Mjwara
21. Chantell Bothma
22. Thandazile Madlabane
23. Thembalethu Ntuli