NSW has scored yet another win, this one at home over its near neighbour the ACT Brumbies, which has placed it securely on top of the competition ladder and into the April 21 final.
Not surprisingly, NSW coach Rob Baumann was pleased overall with a third straight victory in the Buildcorp Super W series, but still feels there are elements of the game they need to work on.
“Our set piece probably wasn’t on the mark today in terms of the lineout, but our scrums were solid. So all credit to the girls in the second half,” Baumann said.
He praised the Brumbies for putting up some great defence and reading the NSW game well in the first half.
“They’ve obviously done their homework on us and, as I said to the girls at half-time, we knew they were going to come to play and be pumped up for it.
“They pressured us in a couple of areas of the field which we addressed at the break.”
It was ultimately about getting the score on the board and the work of Chloe Leaupepe was key for NSW in that respect.
Her efforts with both boot and ball accounted for 19 of the winning 24 point total, putting in two tries, three conversions and a penalty goal.
“It was a bit scrappy at the start,” Leaupepe said, admitting they were tested in key areas by the Brumbies.
“The Brumbies had good line speed and good defence and I guess took the right options at the right times.”
But overall she felt it was a great team effort to come away with the win.
For Brumbies coach Tony Doherty however, there are always positives to take from a loss, as there is equal emphasis on development and growth as on results.
“Our defensive effort was great and our set piece in the first half was great. But just a couple of poor reads in defence probably cost us a couple of tries and that’s an area we’ve got to work on heading forward to the Rebels next weekend,” he said.
For NSW, next week will see a welcome rest with the bye and a few extra days off over the Easter weekend before they too head south to take on the Melbourne Rebels in the final home and away game.