Bor­der to bank on Su­per­women

Daily Dispatch - - Sport - RUGBY By ROSS ROCHE

THE big­gest clash in women's rugby is back as the reign­ing, mul­ti­ple de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Bor­der take on fierce ri­vals Western Prov­ince in the fi­nal of the 2017 In­ter­provin­cial A di­vi­sion com­pe­ti­tion at the BCM Sta­dium today. Bor­der have won the last four ti­tles in a row, in­clud­ing beat­ing WP in three of those finals, and they will now be look­ing to make it an un­prece­dented five con­sec­u­tive ti­tle wins. “The ladies have said since the start of the com­pe­ti­tion that they want to host the fi­nal and make his­tory by win­ning this com­pe­ti­tion five years in a row,” claimed Bor­der coach Mx­olisi Kolonza. “They have done the first part and now it is up to them to go out on the day and make his­tory.” Bor­der have ab­so­lutely dom­i­nated the com­pe­ti­tion over the last five sea­sons, with their only losses com­ing against WP in Cape Town in 2013 and at home last year. This year they head into the fi­nal off an un­beaten pool cam­paign, in­clud­ing beat­ing WP in a tightly con­tested match in Cape Town 15-10. “We know what WP brings to the ta­ble, they are a tough team and al­ways bring out the best in us and I am con­fi­dent we can emerge as cham­pi­ons on Satur­day,” ad­mit­ted Kolonza. “We have had a re­ally good sea­son so far, but that will un­for­tu­nately mean noth­ing if we lose in the fi­nal.”

Only one change has been made to the Bor­der team that smashed Free State two weeks ago. Prop Than­taswa Mac­ing­wane has come into the side, with loose-for­ward Nomaph­elo May­ongo dropping to the bench and Nwabisa Ngx­atu shift­ing from prop to num­ber eight.

The back­line then sees a few po­si­tional switches with Nosiphiwo Goda mov­ing from left wing to out­side cen­tre, Si­mamkele Namba mov­ing to in­side cen­tre and Unathi Mali shift­ing to the left wing.

“I am happy with the team that we have, it is a tal­ented and strong team and they can win the ti­tle,” said Kolonza. “We just de­cided to tweak a few things in the side to com­bat cer­tain as­pects of WP’s game and I think we have them fully cov­ered now.”

The main match be­tween Bor­der and WP kicks off at 3.30pm today, with the In­ter­provin­cial B di­vi­sion fi­nal be­tween the Li­ons and SWD play­ing as the cur­tain-raiser, with kick-off at 1.30pm.

Bor­der team is: Si­nenhlanhla Shozi; Lutho Sa­jini, Nosiphiwo Goda, Si­mamkele Namba, Unathi Mali; Siviwe Basweni, Fundiswa Plaatjie; Nwabisa Ngx­atu, Lu­sanda Dumke, Yanga Nd­abeni, Zan­diswa Xozwa, No­lusindiso Booi, Than­taswa Mac­ing­wane, Xolelwa Diliza, Asithandile Ntoyanto. Re­serves: Si­nenhlanhla Kwinana, Liyabona Dudu­mashe, Thuliswa Capa, Nomaph­elo May­ongo, Yolanda Sana, Siphosethu Mgaju, Aphiwe Ng­w­evu


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