BORDER LADIES CLINCH 2021 WOMEN’S PREMIER DIVISION

By Anathi Wulushe

The Eastern Cape based, ladies rugby side defeated defending champions DHL Western Province Women at DHL Newlands Rugby Stadium by 24-15 to clinch the Women’s Premier Division for the 5th time and for the first time since 2016.

Having gone unbeaten in the whole tournament, the Capetonians suffered their first loss of the competition in the final. The Border ladies took an 11-5 lead to half time following a try from Border winger Sesethu Mbodli and two penalties slotted in the 12thand 20th minutes by Border ladies fly half Yandisa Nobanda. The second half, saw the home team from the Cape reply with two tries, however, a second try from Sesethu Mbodli and a try from Border ladies inside centre Zintle Holofela put the final nail in the coffin, with a late penalty from Yandisa Nobanda sealing the victory in style for the Border Ladies.

Filled with excitement and delight Border Ladies Eighth man and Captain , Lusanda Dumke, thanked her teammates for the discipline, hard work and unity , they showed throughout the season until the final.

“It’s difficult to explain my feelings now, but I can only laud the discipline, hard work and unity of this team, they never gave up” she said.

Dumke added, “Playing against Western Province is never easy, because they never stop playing, but we remained in the fight until the end and for that, I respect all these girls, they’ve made me very proud”.

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