South African Women's Sevens win CAR title

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The result will act as a boost for coach Renfred Dazel ahead of South Africa's appearance in the fifth and final round of the IRB Women's Sevens World Series in Amsterdam next month.

"The IRB Sevens Series is important for us in many ways, said Dazel.

"Apart from facing some of the top teams in the world, we are determined to prove that we are good enough to be among the eight core teams on the IRB Women's Sevens World Series circuit, with the 2016 Rio Olympic Games approaching.

"So hopefully the team will be able to build on this impressive performance next month and make their presence felt."

The side opened their campaign with a 19-0 win over Senegal, before defeating Madagascar 19-12 in the pool stages. In their third and final pool match they came face to face with the eventual runners-up Kenya, emerging 21-12 victors.

The three victories booked captan Zenay Jordaan and her side a place in the semi finals against Zimbabwe, and with form and confidence high they ran out eventual 43-0 winners, before they claimed the title by beating Kenya.

Kenya booked their place in the final by beating Tunisia 14-10 in the second semi final, with the latter going on to beat Zimbabwe to win the Plate. Uganda won the Bowl and Senegal the Shield in the other finals.

"I am proud of the team," added Dazel.

"We arrived in Kenya with very little knowledge about the opposition sides, so a large part of our focus was on what we wanted to achieve in terms of our game plan, and it was fantastic to see the team implement it so effectively."

The win follows an encouraging third-place finish at the Hong Kong Invitational last month, and adds to victories in the CAR series in 2013, 2011, 2008, 2007 and 2006.