Local makes Lady Blitzbokke team
A resident of Knysna, also former captain of the Titans Women’s Rugby Club, has been included in the national sevens rugby squad that has qualified for the 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens championships and Commonwealth Games.
Mathrin Simmers, a senior member of the Springbok women’s sevens team, qualified on 16 September with her team for these two prestigious competitions when they won the cup final of the 2017 Rugby Africa Women’s Sevens tournament in Tunisia.
According to Titans coach Aschin Klein, Simmers made her debut for the national sevens side back in 2012 and has appeared in more than 25 consecutive tournaments since. She was also part of the 2013 team that went to the Rugby World Cup Sevens championships in Russia.
The Lady Blitzbokke, as they are also known, were the tournament favourites, said Klein, and had a reasonably easy run into the final with Kenya waiting for them there.
“The final was a very tight affair. Kenya took a 12-5 lead after finding space in the Lady Blitzbokke’s defence, but a try by the Blitzbokke brought them back within two points of the Kenyans. Simmers, playing at her natural position of centre, spotted a gap and came within inches of the try line, but popped the ball up for Zenay Jordaan to score the match winner under the post,” said Klein.
The Lady Blitzbokke won 17-12.
Simmers and her team will now regroup and soon start with preparations towards the 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens championships, which will be held in San Francisco, USA and the 2018 Commonwealth Games that will be held on the Gold Coast of Queensland, Australia.
“We as the Titans WRC are proud of Mathrin’s achievement and wish her and her team best of luck with preparations for both these major events,” added Klein. –
Mathrin Simmers with the 2017 Africa Sevens championship trophy.