Leaupepe scores big as NSW Women made to work for win

Super W
by Jill Scanlon

NSW Women have defeated the Brumbies Women 24-5 in another dominant performance in the Buildcorp Super W Series as round three kicked off in Sydney on Saturday.

Chloe Leaupepe ruled the scoreboard at Pittwater Rugby Park putting up 19 of the 24 points that NSW scored.

The Brumbies started the game with a few errors that allowed the reigning national champions the bulk of the early possession.

Despite some good attacking play by NSW to get them inside the opposition 22, consistent, strong defence was a positive for the Brumbies through the first half.

Kate Brown’s sin binning for a high tackle 18 minutes in cost the visitors, as just a few minutes later NSW took advantage and got the first score on the board with Leaupepe working her way through the Brumbies defenders, diving over under the crossbar. 

In the final 10 minutes of the first half, possession evened out and the Brumbies began to challenge NSW into their own half.

NSW was handed a yellow card just five minutes before the break for being offside in front of the kicker and the Brumbies did not take long to take advantage.

They hit back through Charlene Gubb at the try line and closed the gap on the score board to just two points, 7-5 at the half time break.

NSW started the second half in style as Leaupepe ran in her second try for the game, just two minutes after the restart to stretch the lead to 14-5.

Again the Brumbies took a bit of time to settle into the half as they did in the first.

At one point the referee stopped play and spoke with both captains about too much chatter from the packs – both to the referee and to each other – and the need for everyone to just settle down.  

NSW showed an uncharacteristic lack of composure with several errors in the second half which cost potential points as they repeatedly pushed into the opposition 22 only to lose the ball.

Finally, Shanice Parker spotted a big gap in the Brumbies backline and raced through to dive over the line for the home team’s third try.

Leaupepe’s conversion moved the score to 21-5 with just 10 minutes left.

In what was the sealer, a penalty goal via the boot of Leaupepe added three more points to the total with just six minutes to go.

In a match which could have been far more one-sided, NSW will perhaps rue the lost chances.

However a win’s a win and NSW remain undefeated in the inaugural six-week competition with a bye next week before the final clash against the Rebels in Melbourne on April 7.


NSW Women 24

Tries: Leaupepe 2, Parker

Cons: Leaupepe 3

Pens: Leaupepe 1

Brumbies Women 5

Tries: Gubb

Cons: 0

Pens: 0