“I am very pleased for the girls, I think they put in a good effort, they deserve this,” said a delighted Springbok Women’s coach Stanley Raubenheimer on Saturday after his side booked their place in the 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.

The Springbok Women made light work of Kenya with a 39-0 victory in the deciding match of the qualifiers at the Bosman Stadium in Brakpan.

Earlier on in the tournament, the Springbok Women thrashed Uganda 89-5 and Madagascar 73-0 respectively.

Despite the three impressive wins by the Springbok Women to end the qualifiers unbeaten, Raubenheimer said they still need to work on certain areas of their game.

Babalwa Latsha of South Africa lifts the trophy with the team as they qualify during the Women’s World Cup qualifier match between South Africa and Kenya at Bosman Stadium on August 17, 2019 in Brakpan, South Africa. (Photo by Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images)

“We were lucky, extremely lucky, some of the defensive errors we made, that’s an area we need to work on…our kicking game is definitely something we also need to look at and our chase from the kicks. Those are the areas I think we need to improve on before the test series against Spain and Scotland. We scored a number of tries in our three matches in this tournament (qualifiers), so we are on the right track in that regard.”

With the Women’s Rugby World Cup two years away, Raubenheimer has enough time to prepare his side for the showpiece and most importantly ensure the Springbok Women improve their kicking game and defensive play.

“We will have to sit down with the management and decide what is the next step for us, the big positive is that we have  qualified, so on Monday we will decide the road forward, the job is done. On Monday we start with preparations,” said Raubenheimer.

Raubenheimer and the Springbok Women will next face Spain once and Scotland twice in Port Elizabeth and Cape Town respectively in September and October.

The coach was pleased by the performance of his side throughout the qualifiers but believes the more the Springbok Women play the more they will improve and develop into a great team.

“Is always good to play, I think the more you play, you see things and the more you develop as a squad and as a group of players.” There are always things to improve on and work on and we can only do that if we play, so the three tests coming up are going to pose different challenges for us. We didn’t participate in the 2017 World Cup, so we need to ensure that we reach the current world standards.”

“The matches (against Spain and Scotland) will also offer us an opportunity to experiment against quality teams, who are among the top 10 sides in Europe, and we can also try a few new things against them,” concluded Raubenheimer.

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