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The Bulls Daisies have announced their matchday 23 that will open their 2023 Women’s Premier Division campaign against six time winners, the Border Bulldogs in East London. The two side’s meet on Saturday 06 May at 13h00pm, at Police Park.

Lusanda Dumke leads a forwards pack that has Asithandile Ntoyanto (loose-head), Micke Günter (hooker) and Xolelwa Diliza (tight-head) in the front row. The second row will have Vainah Ubisi and Anathi Qolo as the lock pairing whilst Dumke (blindside flanker) will form part of the third row alongside Sinelitha Noxeke (openside flanker) and Kyla De Vries (eighth woman).

Rumandi Potgieter and Byrhandre Dolf combine at halfback, linking an assembled backline featuring Jacomina Cilliers (left) and Maria Tshiremba (right) on the wings. Shiniqwa Lamprecht and Unathi Mali link up at centre with Zintle Nonkasana providing cover at fullback.

Head coach, Hayden Groepes said: “our ladies have shown a desire to want to improve themselves as athletes and that brings massive joy in witnessing first-hand what growth & development looks like,”

“We now begin our campaign and I know everyone is excited to see us take off after months of preparation and fine tuning. There is no better way to start than against Border, a side with a rich history in the sport and in particular this competition. They will be a wonderful test for our ladies, affording us the opportunity to measure our skills and hopefully give us the confidence for the remainder of the season.”

BULLS DAISIES vs BORDER BULLDOGS STARTING XV: 1. Asithandile Ntoyanto, 2. Micke Günter, 3. Xolelwa Diliza, 4. Vainah Ubisi, 5. Anathi Qolo, 6. Lusanda Dumke (c), 7. Sinelitha Noxeke, 8. Kyla De Vries, 9. Rumandi Potgieter (vc), 10. Byrhandre Dolf, 11. Jacomina Cilliers, 12. Shiniqwa Lamprecht, 13. Unathi Mali, 14. Maria Tshiremba, 15. Zintle Nonkasana

BULLS DAISIES IMPACT SQUAD: 16. Doreen Mkhabele, 17. Sinenhlahla Kwinana, 18. Yonela Ngxingolo, 19. Ntsako Tshauke, 20. Sizophila Solontsi, 21. Unam Tose, 22. Libbie van Rensburg, 23. Patience Mokone

MANAGEMENT: Hayden Groepes – Head Coach, Mandisa Williams – Assistant Coach, Dr. Sbu Ntuli – Team Doctor, Claudette Eckard – Senior Physiotherapist, Lenel Allison – Physiotherapist, Tayla Chidrawi – Strength & Conditioning, Nokuthula Nene – Technical Analyst, Luyolo Tandani – Logistic Manager, Swazi Bisset – Partnerships Manager, Thando Manana – Women’s High Performance Manager

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