Super W: Unbeaten NSW march on with victory over RugbyWA

Super W
by Iain Payten

Can anyone stop NSW Waratahs Women’s team from claiming back-to-back Super W titles?

That’s the question after the NSW side claimed their eighth straight Super W victory with a dominant 31-0 win over the RugbyWA Women’s team in Perth.

It wasn’t perfect, by any means, but the undefeated women in blue were too strong for a plucky - but ultimately outclassed - RugbyWA outfit at Curtin University.

In sapping heat, three tries to NSW in the opening half gave the visitors a comfortable 19-0 buffer at the break and despite a mistake-riddled second half from both sides, the Waratahs women added another two tries to seal yet another win.

Chloe Leaupepe scored a double and along with no.8 Grace Hamilton was one of NSW’s best on the day.

RugbyWA showed glimpses of enterprising attacking threat, with Trilleen Pomare and Mhicca Carter dangerous, but clean front-foot ball was all-too rare given a mountain of handling mistakes and the dominance of the NSW forward pack.

Hamilton was a powerhouse with the ball in hand, and the NSW tight five constantly dominated the collisions.

Coming after a win over major rivals Queensland last weekend and with a last-round clash against minnows Melbourne, NSW’s victory leaves them all-but assured of winning the minor premiership and hosting duties for the Super W final.

Queensland will feel they have the team to beat NSW but he home advantage has proved the difference in the sky blue's last two tight wins over their northern rivals.

NSW dominated possession for the first 20 minutes and scored two early tries through Laupeape and Hamilton.

It could have been more but RugbyWA fought back through Pomare and Carter, and the WA fullback went to close to scoring a nice try but was denied by a hard-tackling Hewson in the corner.

RugbyWA put themselves under pressure just as the halftime siren sounded when they elected to take a scrum under their posts, and turned it over.

Another scrum saw NSW scored a third try to Shanice Parker out wide, after some slick hands.

The second half saw Leaupepe grab her second soon after the break, but the game then slowed right down as both side’s coughed up the ball repeatedly.

NSW got some good impact from their bench and finally got their act together in the 67th minute, when a nice sweeping play to the left saw Hewson glide through a gap and feed Crystal Maguire for a try.

Hewson said she believed NSW's best form is still ahead of them.

"I am really proud of our girls I feel like we are building each week and today was a true testament of that," Hewson said pos-match.

RugbyWA skipper Tara Reed said mistakes had let his side down badly.

"We knew we had the advantage today being a home game and we just didn’t turn up right from the start," Reed said.

"We started to hit our mojo later in the fame but it is an 80 minute game and we didn’t do enough."

 

TEAMS

RugbyWA to face Waratahs

1.  Brooke Mason

2. Darryl Wickliffe

3. Terehia Cooper

4. Kateraina Ahipene

5. Rebecca Clough

6. Hera-Barb Malcolm Heke

7. Tara Reed (c)

8. Katherine Outred

9. Zion Taurima

10. Trilleen Pomare

11. Dallys Tini

12. Huia Swannell

13. Ariana Hira-Herangi

14. Claudia Nielsen

15. Mhicca Carter

Reserves

16. Ash Temple

17. Sera Ah-Sam

18.  Raewyn Tuheke

19. Claudia Foster

20. Taylor Waterson

21. Caitlin Burt-Poloai

22. Katie Barnes

23. Tui Cope

Waratahs to face RugbyWA

1. Emily Robinson

2. Tasmin Sheppard

3. Evelyn Horomia

4. Noella Green

5. Sera Naiqama

6. Alexandra Sulusi (vc)

7. Emily Chancellor

8. Grace Hamilton (vc)

9. Iliseva Batibasaga

10. Chloe Leaupepe

11. Shanice Parker

12. Katrina Barker

13. Crystal Maguire

14. Maya Stewart

15. Ashleigh Hewson (c)

Reserves

16. Melissa Fatu

17. Loretta Mailangi

18. Asoiva Karpani

19. Jemima Henry 

20. Pareake O'Brien

21. Arabella McKenzie

22. Kennedy Cherrington

23. Kirrily Laws