Super W: Brumbies notch first 2019 win with 11-try rout over Rebels

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by Beth Newman

The Brumbies have romped to a 69-0 win over the Rebels, keeping them in the Super W playoff race.

No. 8 Tayla Stanford starred with three first-half tries as the Brumbies opened up a 40-0 lead by the break, while halfback Remi Wilton gave Melbourne’s defence nightmares on her way to a double.

It was a dominant performance all round from the Canberra outfit, who finished with 11 tries to nil against a battling Rebels outfit that simply gave their opponents too much space.

The Brumbies used their forward power to open the scoring in the seventh minute with Stanford ran it over off the back of the scrum.

Their second two minutes later could not have been much more different, with Sammie Woods putting fullback Rachel Crothers into space for a runaway five-pointer.

The Rebels had their first chance at points in the 13th minute, instantly opting for the posts given a penalty but hooker Ashleigh Marsters couldn’t convert the effort.

Any momentum the Rebels had was undone by ill-discipline down the other end of the field as Wood toed the ball over the line.

Another defensive lapse from the Rebels opened up a gap for Stanford to score her second, running 50m to cross under the posts.

Tayla Stanford had a hat-trick by the half-hour mark. Photo: WalmsleyBy the 23rd minute, Stanford had a hat-trick, slipping through a gap on the left edge for her third as the Brumbies took control.

Though the Rebels had some chances as the half ticked on, this was the Brumbies’ day and by half-time Wilton had scored their sixth for the weekend.

Melbourne continued to fight hard against the Brumbies, led by fullback Georgia Page, and were competitive at scrum time but it was their defence that let them down for much of the day.

It was just three minutes into the second half when centre Michelle Perry scored their seventh, a finish founded on an early kick to the corner.

Halfback Wilton nabbed her second five minutes later, running the ball straight from the base of the ruck to score.

Though the Rebels’ defence tightened up somewhat, captain Shellie Millward was able to spot an overlap, putting Crothers over from short range.

Perry joined the party again just before the 60-minute mark, outsmarting the Rebels defence for the 10th of the day, a score that well and truly put the nail in the Rebels' coffin.

The Rebels looked as if they would keep the Brumbies scoreless in the final quarter of the game before Darcy Read ran away for one last score in the 79th minute.

For the second week in a row, the Rebels went home scoreless after a 112-0 loss in round one.

The Brumbies women have a bye in round three while the Rebels head to Perth to take on RugbyWA.


Brumbies 69

Tries: Stanford 3, Wilton 2, Crothers 2, Perry 2, Penalty, Read

Cons: Wood 5, McDonald

Rebels 0