USA impress with a 6-try win against ‘Boks

The USA beat South Africa 38-17 in Ealing today. Despite the teams being even over the 80m, the USA were far better turning it into points.

Published by John Birch, March 30th, 2024

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USA impress with a 6-try win against ‘Boks

The USA could not have had a better start, with Georgie Perris-Redding scoring within 10 seconds, The kick-off was not caught by the South African defender, the loose ball going straight into the hands of Perris-Redding, who ran in for the try.

South Africa responded well to that shock start and most of the opening 25 minutes took place in the USA half - but the 'Boks failed to capitalise on the possession or territory.

The USA finally broke our with a sustained period of attacking play just before the half-hour, and Kate Zackary was able to put Kathryn Treder in to score. 14-0.

The 'Boks responded immediately, but just failed to drive a maul over the line, and the USA were able to clear, and lead 14-0 at the break.

Shortly after the restart it was Perris-Redding again showing her pace, spotting a gap in the South African line, and sprinting away to score. 21-0.

But three minutes later the South African maul finally got its reward, Linoelwa Gwala scoring at her home ground.

A speculative grubber by Olivia Ortiz led to a fourth USA try, South Africa's Jakkie Cilliers failed to gather, and Emily Henrich was on hand to dive on the ball and score. 26-5.

Another great kick ahead, this time by McKenzie Hawkins, put Lotte Clapp in for a fifth try after 56m. 33-5.

After 65m Tess Feury added a second 'Boks try after a mix-up in the USA defence. 33-12.

The USA were soon back on the charge again, with their own maul working perfectly to allow Perris-Redding to score her third try. The USA led 38-12 after 72m.

But it was South Africa who had the final word, at least turning possession into points, with Aseza Hele scoring in the corner.

South Africa:1. Xoliswa Kheizwayti 2. Linoelwa Gwala 3. Babalwa Latsha 4. Nolusindiso Booi; 5. Vainah Ubisi 6. Sinelitha Noxeke 7. Shiro Mcatshulwa 8. Aseza Hele 9. Tayla Kinsey 10. Mary Zulu 11. Jakkie Cilliers 12. Piwokuhle Nyanda 13. Veroeshka Grain 14. Asiphe Mayaba 15. Byrhandre' Dole

Replacements 16. Roseline Botes 17. Sanelisiwe Charlie 18. Aliyah Tchogna-Njamen 19. Danelle Lochner 20. Nomsa Mokwai 21. Romandi Potheter 22. Apiiiwe Ngwevu 23. Chuma Qawe

USA:1. Hope Rogers; 2. Kathryn Treder; 3. Keia Mae Sagapolu; 4. Erica Jarrell; 5. Jenny Kronish; 6. Kate Zackary (C); 7. Georgie Perris-Redding; 8. Rachel Johnson (VC); 9. Olivia Ortiz; 10. McKenzie Hawkins; 11. Lotte Clapp; 12. Gabby Cantorna; 13. Bulou Mataitoga; 14. Emily Henrich; 15. Tess Feury (VC)

16. Paige Stathopoulos; 17. Catie Benson; 18. Charli Jacoby; 19. Rachel Ehrecke; 20. Tahlia Brody; 21. Cassidy Bargell; 22. Katana Howard; 23. Amanda Berta