SA Se­lect Women fin­ish third

Weekend Witness - - Sport -

JO­HAN­NES­BURG — The SA Se­lect Women fin­ished third at the Hong Kong In­vi­ta­tional sev­ens tour­na­ment yes­ter­day be­hind cham­pi­ons Canada and run­ners­up France to start their sea­son on an en­cour­ag­ing note.

The South Africans started the tour­na­ment with an im­pres­sive 29­0 vic­tory against Pa­pua New Guinea in their open­ing pool fix­ture, fol­lowed by 19­7 vic­tory against Brazil.

The re­sults put them at the top of Pool B and earned them a place in the semi­fi­nals against France. Their hopes of reach­ing the fi­nal, how­ever, were dashed when France proved too strong and emerged 19­5 vic­tors.

Forced to bat­tle it out against Ja­pan, in the third and fourth place play­off, the women held their nerve and de­liv­ered a qual­ity per­for­mance to se­cure a 28­10 vic­tory for a third­place fin­ish.

This re­sult was a step up from their per­for­mance in the last edi­tion of the tour­na­ment, where they fin­ished fifth as the Plate Fi­nal win­ners.

Veroeshka Grain was one of the stars for the team on at­tack, scor­ing tries in each of their four matches to fin­ish with an im­pres­sive five tries. — Sapa.

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