NSW keep perfect start alive

Super W
by Jill Scanlon

NSW Women have defeated the Western Force 32-10 in the much anticipated Buildcorp Super W clash of the two undefeated teams at Allianz Stadium.

Both sides went into this match full of confidence after each having good wins in the first round.

NSW had all the possession in the first 20 minutes but the Force settled and made effective use of the ball, applying some attacking pressure.

A brilliant break by Courtney Hodder resulted in a try to Tui Cope which levelled the score at 10 points a-piece.

The 17-year-old try scoring sensation read the NSW defence line well to get the Force close to the line and open up the scoring opportunity.All smiles for Emily Robinson and NSW. Photo: RUGBY.com.au/Stuart WalmsleyAn immediate try in reply by Atasi Lafai just before half-time saw NSW move to a 15-10 lead at the break.

Early jitters by the Force gave way to some good attacking play as the first half wound down, with the contest evening out between the two teams.

The Force looked to have the best of the early attacking run in the second half but the NSW defence made the job of scoring difficult for the visitors.

As the penalty count mounted for the Force, possession to NSW gave them some momentum in attack.

Two quick tries to NSW changed the complexion of the game in the blink of an eye.Ash Hewson is made of tough stuff. Photo: RUGBY.com.au/Stuart WalmsleySarah Laman scored in the 57th minute under the crossbar and this was immediately followed by a fast paced run to the corner from Aussie Sevens player Shanice Parker.

A five point margin had quickly blown out to 17 and the task in front of the Force became that much bigger with a 27-10 scoreline. 

The result was sealed when Parker ran in her second for the day with just six minutes left in the game and the score moved to 32-10.

The five try to one win for NSW underlined their dominance of the competition although it could be said that the Force were far from a push over despite the scoreline.

Fitness was definitely a key factor in the second half with the extreme heat felt by all players and regular water breaks were the order of the day.

RESULT

NSW Women 32

Tries: Parker (2), Hamilton, Lafai, Laman

Cons: Hewson (2)

Pens: Hewson

Western Force Women 10

Tries: Cope

Cons: Cope

Pens: Cope