Super W: Queensland stick with winning side, RugbyWA name first 2019 team

Super W
by RUGBY.com.au staff

The Queensland women's XV have largely stuck with their side that beat Melbourne last weekend for their first home game of the year this Saturday night.

Queensland kicked off with a 112-0 win over the Rebels but a fresh RugbyWA side, coming off a round one bye, will likely prove to be a tougher test.

Coach Moana Virtue said she was focused on maintaining her team's stability after that first-up win.

"Given the performance the team delivered in Round 1, it’s important to maintain some stability in terms of selection to ensure the group continues to develop combinations,” she said.

“We hadn’t had a trial game ahead of the competition, so I was really happy with the way the girls applied what we have been practicing in training last weekend, but the RugbyWA side will be a different challenge.

“We saw in 2018 that the Western Australian girls have a strong forward pack, who will play a physical game, and they also have a number of experienced backs who will be dangerous.

“It’s a great opportunity on Saturday afternoon for the girls to improve and back-up last week’s performance.

“I’d encourage Queensland Rugby fans to get out and support the team throughout the Super W, starting with this weekend’s match at Suncorp Stadium. There are some really talented players amongst the group and we’re looking to play a style of Rugby that I’m sure people will enjoy watching, and the girls really appreciate the support.”

The Queensland women's XV take on Rugby WA at Suncorp Stadium, kicking off at 4pm local, 5pm AEDT, LIVE on Kayo Sport, RUGBY.com.au with a replay on FOX SPORTS  after the Super Rugby game.

TEAMS

IN: Toa Filimoehala, Ayane Hirata

OUT: Hana Ngaha, Asaka Ono

Queensland to face RugbyWA

1. Christina Sekona - Sunnybank

2. Averyl Mitchell - University of Queensland

3. Liz Patu - Wests

4. Alisha Hewett – GPS/Australian Defence Force

5. Saxon Campbell - Redlands

6. Millie Boyle - Bond University

7. Shannon Mato - Sunnybank

8. Kiri Lingman (C) - Sunnybank

9. Cobie-Jane Morgan - Sunnybank

10. Lavinia Gould – Wests

11. Ivania Wong – Sunnybank

12. Alysia Lefau-Fakaosilea – Sunnybank

13. Cecilia Smith - Brothers

14. Alana Elisaia – Sunnybank

15. Lori Cramer – University of Queensland

Reserves

16.Ivy Kaleta – Sunnybank

17. Ana Fotu - University of Queensland

18. Toa Filimoehala –Sunnybank

19. Eilidh Sinclair – Sunnybank

20. Vetekina Aho-Fangaloka – Sunnybank

21. Ayane Hirata* – Sunnybank

22. Eseta Aho-Fangaloka – Sunnybank

23. Samantha Treherne – Sunnybank

RugbyWA to play Queensland

1. Terehia Cooper

2. Darryl Wickliffe

3. Raewyn Tuheke

4. Kateraina Ahipene

5. Rebecca Clough

6. Natasha Haines

7. Tara Reed

8. Katherine Outred

9. Crystal Walters

10. Trilleen Pomare

11. Zakiya Kereopa

12. Tui Cope

13. Ariana Hira-Herangi

14. Claudia Nielsen

15. Mhicca Carter

Reserves

16. Hera-Barb Malcolm Heke

17. Sera Ah-Sam

18. Brooke Mason

19. Claudia Foster

20. Taylor Waterson

21. Neesha Barrett

22. Huia Swannell

23. Caitlin Burt-Poloai