South Africa suffered their fourth consecutive defeat at the Women’s World Cup when they lost 43-10 to Samoa.
The Boks found the physical Samoans extremely tough to handle. Samoa will now play for ninth place on Saturday against Spain, while South Africa will fight for 11th with Kazakhstan.
SA coach David Dobela said he was proud of his team’s effort despite the result.
â€œThis is our first time at the World Cup, not knowing how physical the other teams were. We need to improve a lot more in terms of the physicality in order to compete successfully at this level,â€ Dobela explained.
South African captain Nomsebenzi Tsotsobe said the Boks had been determined to deliver an improved performance.
â€œWeâ€™ve been trying to make a statement. Itâ€™s our first time coming here and we are trying our best to always be in their faces, each and every team we play against. Thatâ€™s what we did today.â€
Meanwhile, New Zealand’s dream of winning three World Cups in a row is still alive after they defeated France 40-10 at Ellerslie Rugby Park.
They will meet England in the final after the finalists from 2002 defeated Canada in a cliffhanger of a second semi final 20-14.
Samoa – Tries: Anita Kerrigan (2), Lorina Papalii, Jessica Saolele, Rona Mulitalo, Sharlene Fagalilo, Alaisalaternoata Leavasa. Conversions: Valuesse Sao Taliu (4)
South Africa – Tries: Mari-Lee Erasmus, Nomsebenzi Tsotsobe.