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SPAR Proteas continues with their dominance over Namibia. The SPAR Proteas and Namibia took to court for the second and final match of the day, both teams were playing their third game of the tournament, South Africa came into this tournament with confidence after winning the corresponding fixture against Namibia and the host are yet to lose a match and Namibia are yet to taste a win in this tournament.
Dorette Badenhorst started this game with a different team that started the last two. Nosipho Ntshangase came in the place Khanyisa Chawane in wing defence, Izette Griesel replaced Rome Joubert in the centre and Sian Moore got a nod ahead of Nonsikelelo Mazibuko.
South Africa’s experience came to the party as they dominated the entire first quarter and enjoyed a 13 point winning the opening quarter 19-6. In the second quarter South Africa continued with their dominance and restricted the attack of Namibia to only scoring nine points the second quarter. The SPAR Proteas went into half time leading 39-15.
The start of quarter three saw Badenhorst bring in wholesome changes to her team and introducing all her subs into the game and these changes did not affect the performance of the team in any way as they kept going and dominated the match. The SPAR Proteas ended the quarter leading 51-24. South Africa continued with their dominance throughout the match and claimed their 12th victory against Namibia.
SPAR Proteas assistant coach Dumisani Chauke said her team was evidence of the depth of talent in South Africa.
“The absence of some of our top players, who were unavailable because they are in Australia and the United Kingdom, has given us an opportunity to assess the second and third tier players and we are very happy with the way they have performed,” she said.
“There is a good pool of players coming through and there is fierce competition for places in the national teams. We have also been excited by what we have seen in the matches between the SPAR Baby Proteas and the President’s XII.”
Q1: South Africa 19-6 Namibia
HT: South Africa 39-15 Namibia
Q3: South Africa 51-24 Namibia
FT: South Africa 66-31 Namibia
Nonsikelelo Mazibuko: 16/17 (94%)
Renske Stoltz: 13/15 (86.7%)
Sian Moore: 26/29 (89.7%)
Chantelle Swart: 11/14 (78.6%)
Anna Kaspar: 14/15 (93.3%)
Nanguloshi Kamutushi: 2/2 (100%)
The SPAR Baby Proteas kickstarted day three of the SPAR Challenge Tri Nations series with a clash against the Uganda She Cranes. It was South Africa that got off the mark first as they took a three point lead within the first two minutes of the game. The Baby SPAR Proteas kept their shape and control the first quarter of the game and enjoyed a two point lead at the end it all with 14 -12 on the scoreboard.
The Uganda She Cranes came into the second quarter a different team as they fought their way to reducing the lead that South Africa enjoyed earlier. They took control of the quarter and showed dominance, their experience showed as well. If the Baby Proteas could convert their chances they could have easily won the quarter if drew it. The quarter ended 23 -32 in favour of the Uganda She Cranes.
Uganda used their aerial dominance to their advantage as they won almost every high ball however this did not deter their Baby SPAR Proteas as they continued fighting and showed character. They made sure to score equal number of points as the She Cranes, and the quarter ended 35-44. Uganda won the match 59-45.
“I am very proud of my young team for putting up such a good fight,” said head coach Elsje Jordaan. “I think they coped well with the intensity and physicality of Uganda.”
On Sunday, Uganda play Namibia at 10 am. The two later matches are between the SPAR Baby Proteas and the President’s XII at 4pm, followed by the match between the SPAR Proteas and the Uganda She Cranes at 6pm.
Q1: South Africa U21 14-12 Uganda
HT: South Africa U21 23-32 Uganda
Q3: South Africa U21 35 -44 Uganda
FT: South Africa U21 45-59 Uganda