Raubenheimer disappointed as Bok Women go down against Spain

Posted on November 18, 2018  /  Issued by SA Rugby
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Springbok Women’s coach Stanley Raubenheimer expressed his disappointment as mistakes at crucial times saw his team go down 17-5 against Spain in the second Test on their European Tour on Saturday evening.

Spain outscored the Springbok Women two tries to one at Campo de Rugby in Villajoyosa, while they slotted over both conversions and a penalty goal for their 17 points.

“I am very disappointed in the way we played,” said Raubenheimer.

“We didn’t execute that which we set out to do throughout the week, and at times it looked as though we were scared to play. The most disappointing aspect for me was our inability to convert our chances into points at crucial times.

“We will not use the injuries in the squad this week as an excuse. We knew what we had to do on the field and we had the ability to do it, but we were just not good enough on the day.”

Raubenheimer said one of the positives the team will take from the match was their fighting spirit, despite battling to score after working their way close to the tryline on a few occasions.

“The fact that the players fought until the final whistle is one of the positives we will take from the match, while one of the main areas we need to address is to be more effective in our execution on attack,” said Raubenheimer, who added it was important to view the defeat in perspective, as this match marked the team’s second Test since the 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup.

“It is important for us not to be too critical, especially since this was our second Test match in years.

“But that said, we need to learn from matches such as these, as we cannot create a number of opportunities to score, and not use them. We will take the defeat on the chin, look forward and move on.”

Spain took the lead in the lead in the opening 10 minutes as Alba Vinuesa crossed the tryline, with the successful conversion handing them a 7-0 lead.

The Springbok Women hit back in the 28th minute compliments of Vuyolwethu Maqholo, who broke through after a smart dummy pass following a number of phases. Kirsten Conrad’s conversion attempt was unsuccessful, which left them two points behind on the scoreboard.

The hosts, however, had the last say in the half four minutes before the break, as Mayka Brust scored their second try, which was converted to hand them a 14-5 lead.

The second half was competitive as both teams gave everything, but errors by the Springbok Women at crucial times in the second half consistently disrupted the momentum they built up on attack.

The team’s defence, however, was solid, and they managed to limit Spain to only a penalty goal for their efforts after the break, which saw them go down 17-5.

The Springbok Women will meet Italy in their final tour match on Saturday, 25 November, in Prato.

Scorers:

Spain 17 (14) – Tries: Alba Vinuesa, Mayka Brust. Conversions: Patricia Garcia (2). Penalty Goal: Patricia Garcia.

Springbok Women 5 (5) – Try: Vuyolwethu Maqholo.