Springboks Women have only won one of their first three European tour matches, against the UK Armed Forces, but centre and winger Nosiphiwo Goda believes their quality of rugby will improve the more they compete in the international arena.
South Africa will face Italy in their final tour match at Enrico Chersoni Stadium in Prato tomorrow, and the experienced Goda says they are determined to finish the tour with a win.
We will enter the Italy match with the mindset that we have to win. We could have won our last two matches if we used our opportunities, so we know that have the ability to win this match if we stick to our structures and round-off our point-scoring chances.
Springboks Women’s coach Stanley Raubenheimer selected a lot of inexperienced players for their European Tour with Goda being one of the only six capped players in the team’s 28-member squad. The inexperience showed in both the matches they lost against Wales and Spain.
The 33-year-old Goda said there are a whole lot of new players in the set-up who play with a lot of heart, and they have a real passion for the sport and the team.
“I am sure that in two years we will see an even bigger difference in the quality of rugby, especially given the progress we have made in each game on this tour.”
Goda was particularly impressed with the fighting spirit the ladies have shown. She described the attitude at which they have approached the games as “fantastic”.
Nosiphiwo Goda Has Experience
The speedy winger made her Springbok Women’s test debut during the team’s Rugby World Cup warm-up tour to London and France in 2014. She also represented the Springbok Women’s Sevens team in the HSBC Women’s Sevens World Series. She has also represented the Spar Proteas (the South African National Netball team) between 2011 and 2012.
The Springboks Women’s tour to Europe has reminded Goda about how different provincial and national rugby is. “The team is certainly on a good footing going forward. It is an unbelievable feeling to be part of this squad. Every time I wear the jersey it is special.”
Tomorrow’s match kicks off at 15h30 South African time.