Border Ladies win Women’s Premier Division title!

By Maxwell Levine

Border Ladies, coached by Komani’s Nwabisa Ngxatu, outplayed DHL Western Province 24-15 in a pulsating Women’s Premier Division final in Cape Town a month ago to be crowned the champions for the first time since 2016.

DHL Western Province came into the final as hot favourites and as defending champions, having won every match in the league phase of the season and having won the last three titles, but it was not to be, as the Border Ladies showed more hunger and produced a stunning team effort and performance to take the spoils.

Border Ladies captain, Lusanda Dumke, was at the forefront with a massive performance that inspired her troops. Dumke showed her international experience and class, winning numerous turnovers, she was abrasive on attack with ball in hand, defended like someone possessed and was a menace at the breakdown.

The ladies from the Eastern Cape showed with real intent, dominating territory and possession in the early stages as they took the game to Western Province. Border Ladies played the game to their strengths, dominating upfront and in the scrums, whilst offloading to Dumke to win the hard yards. Their tackling and defending were also brilliant.

Western Province came into the match as clear favourites, having won every single match, collecting 48 out of a possible 50 log points. The had 12 Springboks in their side and have beaten Border Ladies in earlier in the league season.

What made this victory even sweeter for the Border Ladies is that they were playing the final away from home, facing adversity against the top team in South African women’s rugby.

It was an admirable performance from the Border Ladies, who have once again proven that despite their background, and coming from a poor Union, nothing beats talent, hard work and determination.

An emotional Dumke praised her team-mates after the final whistle and said.

“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.”

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 proud.”

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