Delport: Springbok Women's Sevens learnt valuable lessons

The Springbok Women's Sevens team went through the Commonwealth Games without winning a match. Phil Walter/Getty Images

The Springbok Women's Sevens finished their Commonwealth Games campaign without a win, but their coach Paul Delport believes they gained some good experience in Gold Coast.

Team South Africa lost to Fiji (12-40) and Wales (14-19) in the Robina Stadium to finish eighth in the tournament, the first Rugby Sevens event for women in the Games' history.

Despite the lack of onfield success, Delport was keen to focus on the positive aspects of the tournament and the exposure and experience gained by the team.

"We learned valuable lessons, not only the players, but also on what is needed to improve to be a more competitive team," said Delport in an SA Rugby press release.

"We will have a proper discussion once we're back in South Africa on how to approach the way forward and how to improve the programme.

"It was tough out there, we finished our last match against Wales [who scored the match-winning try after the buzzer] with only seven fit players, so the women really had to dig deep and I applaud them for that. In fact, I cannot fault their effort and commitment and is pretty proud of that."

New Zealand won gold in the women's tournament (as their men did too), while Australia had to settle for silver and England won the bronze medal match.