Big clash in Cape Town highlights Women’s IPL weekend

Two perennial finalists (and champions) of the SA Rugby Women’s Interprovincial tournament, Western Province and Border, will meet in Cape Town on Saturday in a crucial round three clash.

The Capetonians defeated Border 18-12 in the final last year and are still undefeated after two rounds of play this season, and will fancy their chances against their arch-rivals from the Eastern Cape.

With WP winger Kimico Manuel in good try-scoring form, the Border women will have to be at their best for this match at City Park in Athlone.

Manuel clearly learned a lot from her exploits with the Springbok Women’s Sevens team last year and her match-up with her Springbok Women’s Sevens teammate Snenhlanhla Shozi could be a classic.

The Border winger scored the first hat-trick ever for the Springbok Women’s Sevens team at the Rugby World Cup Sevens tournament in July last year against Mexico, and when replaced by Manuel in the second half of that match, the Cape flyer emulated that feat.

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