Bor­der duo could shake up Dubai Sevens

Daily Dispatch - - Sport - By ZINGISA MVUMVU

THE Spring­bok Women’s Sevens will be hop­ing to im­prove the rugby mood in South Africa as they are out to con­quer at the Dubai leg of the World Rugby Women’s Sevens Se­ries start­ing to­mor­row.

This as the mood is at its low­est point fol­low­ing the Spring­boks who have re­turned from a win­less tour in Europe.

And the SA women Sevens side will be count­ing on two in­flu­en­tial women – Eloise Webb and Zin­tle Mpupha, who hap­pen to be Bor­der play­ers – to get them to the promised land. Webb will be mak­ing her de­but for the side while Mpupha re­turns af­ter three years for her sec­ond World Se­ries tour­na­ment af­ter mak­ing her de­but in the 2012-13 Am­s­ter­dam Sevens.

For­mer SA Women Sevens player Man­disa Wil­liams, now retired, has thrown her weight be­hind the duo, say­ing she had no doubt they were go­ing to star for the na­tional side, just like they did for Bor­der Women this sea­son.

“Twizza (Webb’s nick­name) is ca­pa­ble of do­ing any­thing she is tasked to do and for that rea­son I can con­fi­dently say she will be among the stars in the se­ries,” said Wil­liams.

Wil­liams added that the duo’s se­lec­tion for the side just a week af­ter they joined the se­lec­tion camp was an in­di­ca­tion of their qual­ity. As for Mpupha, “Mara”, as Wil­liams is af­fec­tion­ately known, be­lieves it was long over­due. “Zin­tle is the most dom­i­nant women’s rugby player and the hottest fly­half we have in South Africa right now,” said Wil­liams.

Mpupha was Bor­der Women’s best player in 2016 on the na­tional stage, con­tribut­ing the most points both in the Sevens and the 15s game.

For her hero­ics she was named Bor­der Sevens Player of the Year ac­co­lade last week.

The SA squad: Phumeza Gadu, Veroeshka Grain (capt), Ze­nay Jor­daan, Jac­que­line Kriel, Nomsa Mok­wai, Lamla Mo­moti, Mpupha, Marithy Pien­aar, Na­dine Roos, Mathrin Sim­mers, Chris­te­lene Stein­ho­bel and Webb. —

MAN­DISA WIL­LIAMS

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