SA Women’s Premier Division: Key Clashes That Could Shake Up the Standings

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  • Women’s Premier Division matches could impact standings significantly.
  • Border Ladies vs. Boland Dames is the key match.
  • Western Province expected to dominate Golden Lions Women.
  • Free State Women aim to avoid bottom against EP Queens.

High Stakes Across the Board

This Saturday, six teams in the Women’s Premier Division will be in action, with each match holding the potential to significantly impact the current standings. As the competition intensifies, all eyes will be on these crucial encounters that could reshape the leaderboard.

Border Ladies vs. Sanlam Boland Dames: A Pivotal Battle

The most anticipated match of Round 11 is between the Border Ladies and Sanlam Boland Dames in Mthatha. Currently, the Dames sit third on the log with 38 points, while the Border Ladies are in fourth place with 29 points. Despite the apparent gap, a win for the Border Ladies would narrow the difference and potentially alter the playoff picture.

Boland Dames cannot afford another slip-up as they chase a top-two finish, which would allow them to host a semi-final. The return of Springbok Women speedster Nomawethu Mabenge, who has already scored nine tries this season, boosts their chances. This experienced squad is keen to secure a victory and strengthen their position.

Western Province vs. Golden Lions: A Lopsided Encounter?

DHL Western Province, currently second on the log with 41 points, is expected to dominate the Golden Lions Women based on recent form. Their last encounter saw Western Province triumph with a decisive 42-0 victory in Cape Town. The Golden Lions’ preparations have been disrupted by players participating in the USSA tournament, which could lead to a challenging match for them in Alberton.

Free State Women vs. EP Queens: A Fight for Survival

The Free State Women are set to face the EP Queens in Nelson Mandela Bay, aiming to distance themselves from the bottom of the log. Their previous encounter resulted in a resounding 55-point win for the Free State Women, giving them confidence going into this match. However, the Queens, with nothing to lose, have likely marked this clash as a must-win since the fixtures were announced.

Bulls Daisies Maintain Dominance

The Bulls Daisies, leading the log with 50 points, and the fifth-placed Sharks Women played their fixture last weekend, where the Daisies secured an easy win in Pretoria. This victory cemented their top position, leaving the Sharks hoping for a Boland win to prevent the Border Ladies from distancing themselves further in the standings.

Women’s First Division: Competitive Clashes Ahead

Momentum and Home Ground Dynamics

Round four of the Women’s First Division promises competitive matches in Bethal, Welkom, and Kimberley. Notably, home ground advantage has not guaranteed results this season, with five of the seven teams having already secured away wins.

Valke Women vs. Griquas Women: A Test of Resilience

The Valke Women travel to Kimberley to face the Griquas Women at Suzuki Stadium. The Griquas, smarting from a defeat by Limpopo last week, aim to return to their early-season form that saw them triumph over the Pumas. This match could be a tight contest if the Griquas rediscover their winning ways.

Pumas Women vs. Limpopo Blue Bulls: Road Warriors

The Pumas Women host the Limpopo Blue Bulls Women, who are seeking their second road win after a shaky start to the season. The match, held at the Jim van Tonder School in Bethal, offers the Blue Bulls a chance to build momentum with another away victory.

Griffons Women vs. SWD Eagirls: An Uphill Battle

The SWD Eagirls, coming off a bye week, travel to Welkom to face the Griffons Women. The Eagirls have shown offensive prowess, scoring 12 tries in two matches. The Griffons, yet to secure a win, will need a robust defensive effort to contain the high-scoring Eagirls at Down Touch Investments Stadium.

Players to Watch in Women’s Premier Division and First Division Matches

Nomawethu Mabenge (Sanlam Boland Dames) Springbok Women speedster Nomawethu Mabenge, returning from injury, has already scored nine tries this season, making her a key player for the Dames.

Never Rauzhi (Free State Women) Striker Never Rauzhi has been in excellent form, contributing significantly to Free State Women’s offense with six goals this season.

Nomazwe Sithole (DHL Western Province) Nomazwe Sithole’s leadership and consistent performance have been crucial for Western Province, who are currently second on the log.

Kirsten Conrad (Valke Women) Kirsten Conrad has shown impressive skill and determination, playing a vital role in the Valke Women’s successful run this season.

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