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Brave Imbokodo fall short against Russia

The women came to the match in trying to make a statement following their heavy 40-0 defeat to New Zealand on Friday.

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CAPE TOWN - The Springbok Women's Sevens has suffered a second defeat at the Cape Town Sevens going down to Russia 31-12 at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday.

The women came to the match in trying to make a statement following their heavy 40-0 defeat to New Zealand on Friday.

It didn't took long before the Imbokodo scored their first try after Liske Lategan received the ball and ran through the corner to make it 5-0 in less than five minutes of play.

A minutes later Russia pulled one back and convert to take the lead before scoring their second try of the match leading South Africa 14-5 before halftime.

The match went to half time break with Russia leading 19-5 after dotted down three tries.

In the second half, Paul Delport side started on a high trying to close the gap. Meghan Phillips dotted down the Imbokodo's second try of the match taking the score to 19-12. But it was the Russian side who looked stronger, they extended the lead with a try - taking the score to 26-12 with just two minutes remaining.

Russia hold onto the lead taking away all points beating the home side 31-12.

Later on Saturday, South Africa will host Fiji on the second match of the day.