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South Africa take spoils in first Nomads clash

South Africa came out on top in their first test game on home soil in almost four years beating an experienced Nomads side 28-17 in Cape town on Saturday.

South Africa's last competitive international games were at the 2010 Women's Rugby World Cup, with their major focus having been on the Sevens game in recent seasons.

Head coach Denver Wannies will be delighted with the first victory of the year in the build-up to the 2014 World Cup. South Africa will play-off against either Kenya or Uganda next year for a place in the event.

This years Nomads squad are drawn from New Zealand, Wales, England, Ireland, Scotland and Sweden and they last toured South Africa in 2008 where they beat the home side in both tests.

The Nomads are also playing a midweek match against DHL Western Province at Langa Stadium on Tuesday 26 June, kicking off at 18h30 before a second test next weekend.

In the first test game at the weekend, South African fly-half Zandile Nojoko, who was named player of the match, contributed 13 points to her teams overall haul with a try, a conversion and two penalties while there were also tries for winger Phumeza Gau and lock Dolly Mavumengwana, who was the most experienced home team player on the field with 26 caps.

The Nomads scores came from Charlie Goode, Gemma Sharples and Tina Lee.

Wannies said he was satisfied with the way the squad, which included five uncapped players and which had to do without the services of regular skipper Mandisa Williams and veteran Zenay Jordaan, kicked off the series. The players really wanted to make a statement and they did so, said Wannies. The team are aware of the perception out there that women should not be playing rugby, and that it's all just a waste of time and money.

They wanted to show that they are worthy of being called Springboks, and worthy of playing at the highest level. There was also a score to settle after losing to the Nomads the last time they were here.

Wannies praised the performances of Nojoko and fullback Yolanda Meiring, who was called out of retirement to stand in the last line of defence. With the likes of Mandisa and Zenay out injured, the rest of the players really stepped up and met the requirements, he said. We have already spoken about not being complacent for the second match and want to make a clean sweep, especially at Goodwood where there is such a strong women's player base and support for women's rugby.

South Africa team: Yolanda Meiring, Phumeza Gadu, Janine Felix, Daphne Scheepers, Natasha Hofmeester, Zandile Nojoko, Fundiswa Plaatjie, Nedene Botha, Denita Wentzel, Cebisa Kula (Captain), Dolly Mavumengwana, Nolusindiso Booi, Celeste Adonis, Nomathamsanqa Faleni, Lamla Momoti
Replacements: Nosipho Poswa, Nosipho Poswa, Thantaswa Macingwana, Nombulelo Mayongo, Theresa Theron, Mathrin Simmers, Lusanda Mtiya

Nomads: Vicki Jackson, Charlie Goode, Sarah Mckenna, Fiona Britten, Liz Riley, Naomi Thomas, Barbara Chittock, Fiona Coghlan, Jamie Kift, Steph Fox, Rachel Vickers, Nat Binstead, Clare Flowers, Gemma Sharples (captain), Susie Brown.

Replacements: Henrietta Hogburg, Davinia Monteiro, Marie-Louise OReilly, Jo McGilchrist, Lea Morley, Tina Lee, Jackie Shiels