Super W: Waratahs start title defence with win over Brumbies

Super W
by Emma Greenwood

A Grace Hamilton double has helped the Waratahs women to a 26-0 win over the Brumbies in the opening Super W match of the season.

NSW women started a new chapter the way they finished the inaugural season, stamping their authority on the competition with a four tries to nil victory in Canberra.

No.8 Hamilton scored two of those, with her bullocking runs gaining 104m as NSW dominated possession and field position.

They were kept to a single try in the second half though - Hamilton's effort in the 53rd minute - in an effort that would have pleased the young Brumbies side.

Hamilton said NSW still had work to do after a rusty showing.

"We had trouble today stringing phases together," she said.

"Although we had no score against us, we've got work to do.

"(The tries) came off the back of a few of the girls.

"I was just lucky to get over the line.

"We executed some things well but I think there is improvement in us."

Hamilton's opposite number Tayla Stanford was outstanding for the Brumbies, running for 110m and causing havoc when she took the ball up.

The Brumbies showed glimpses of elite form but were unable to match the sustained intensity of the defending champions.

NSW were relentless and even when they brought players off the bench they had Wallaroos coming into the game.

Cobie-Jane Morgan's move to Queensland for work has opened a starting spot for Iliseva Batibasaga, with the Wallaroo showing her class, while Ash Hewson's kicking in general play clinical.

But given the amount of possession they had, NSW had reason to be disappointed with the magnitude of the victory, especially after running in three tries in the opening half and having an extra player for 10 minutes in the second term after flanker Georgia O'Neill was yellow carded for repeated infringements.

Brumbies captain Shellie Milward conceded discipline was an issue her team would need to address ahead of next week's clash against the Rebels women at Queanbeyan but said the game set a platform from which to improve.

"We knew that they were going to come out fighting," she said of NSW.

We'll take the positives out of that and move forward and build again for next week. "Unfortunately we didn't get the job done today but there's plenty to build on for the season."


Waratahs 26

Tries: Hamilton 2, Naiqama, Murphy

Cons: Hewson 3

Brumbies 0

Yellow card: O'Neill