Buildcorp Super W Team of the Year: Who were this season's standouts?

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by Beth Newman

The Super W season is over for another year, with the Waratahs completing a second perfect season to take the title.

There were plenty of impressive performers throughout the competition but who were the standouts?

The team, along with former Wallaroo Mollie Gray, sat down to pick the best 23 from the 2019 Super W season.

1. Emily Robinson 

Robinson has cemented herself as Australia's premier loosehead in recent years and again showed her dominance this season. 

2. Ash Marsters

The Rebels had a tough season but Marsters added some valuable grunt to the side whenever she entered games. The hooker played at no. 8 at times and was a physical force in every game.

3. Hana Ngaha

Queensland's front row was one of the most effective in Super W this season and Ngaha was one of its most consistent members. One of the Queensland veterans injected off the bench through the season, Ngaha made the most of every minute she was given.

4. Millie Boyle 

Boyle made the move up to Queensland from Canberra late last year with her studies and made an impact with her new Super W side almost immediately. Led Super W in tackles and was fifth overall in turnovers won.

5. Shellie Millward

Millward is a hugely important player for the Brumbies and helped lay the foundation for their defence-heavy approach in 2019. The Brumbies put pressure on their opponents in every game and Millward's experience was a critical part of that.

6. Grace Hamilton 

Hamilton played mainly no. 8 for the Waratahs this season but has carved out a Test reputation at blindside flanker and her role was fairly interchangeable for NSW. Hamilton is a major asset in attack, leading the competition in carries and making metres with almost every involvement. Led Super W in turnovers as well.

7. Emily Chancellor 

Chancellor played her first full Super W season this year after missing the inaugural year through injury. The Wallaroos flanker played an important team role at no. 7 and was a force in tight, with six turnovers for the season.

8. Tayla Stanford

Stanford was one of the breakout performers in Super W this season. The no. 8 had a hat-trick against the Rebels and showed off her running prowess almost every week. Had a major involvement in all of the Brumbies games, among the top five in the competition for carries and metres made.

9 Cobie-Jane Morgan

Morgan moved up to Queensland for a dream teaching job this season and seamlessly transitioned into her new Super W home this season. 

10. Chloe Leaupepe 

Leaupepe helped steer the NSW attack to another championship this season. While they faced stiffer tests in defence this year than in year one, Leaupepe helped the side breach their opponent's walls and find their way to the line. Worked well in tandem with experienced playmaker Ash Hewson, who switched to fullback this season.

11. Shanice Parker 

Parker showed her finishing abilities in a second season on the NSW wing. The former Sevens player put herself in the right position almost every time there was an opportunity. Finished with six tries for the season - equal second in Super W.

12. Alysia Lefau-Fakaosilea

Lefau-Fakaosilea was a standout in the Super W competition at just 19. The centre beat the most defenders though the season and led Super W in assists through the matches. The teenager was also in the top five for offloads and clean breaks in season two. Now that her Australian citizenship has come through, it's hard to imagine her not being picked in the Wallaroos squad.

13. Crystal Maguire 

Crystal Maguire was solid in a super-consistent Waratahs outfit this season. Outside centres generally go under the radar and though Maguire mightn't have received all the plaudits this season, she played a pivotal part in NSW's success.

14. Ivania Wong

Showed her spark as the season went on, playing a vital part in a star-studded Queensland backline. Finished fourth in metres made for the season and equal second for tries scored with NSW winger Shanice Parker.

15. Ash Hewson 

Hewson was back to her best form in this year's Super W. While there wasn't the double-overtime penalty kick winner in the grand final, Hewson's overall season produced more highlight. Her tenacity in defence and accuracy in attack sets the benchmark for her teammates and indeed the rest of the competition.


16. Tasmin Sheppard 

The Waratahs' set piece really shone as the Super W season went on and Sheppard's role was critical to that. Moved to Australia from the UK in 2010 and has established herself as one of the premier players in the country.

17. Evelyn Horomia 

Horomia was, similarly to Sheppard, an influential member of their dominant tight five. Their ability to keep pressure on teams from start to finish was decisive when it came to set piece and Horomia's work across the park was invaluable.

18. Christina Sekona

Sekona found herself in disciplinary trouble during the season but was one of the more influential props in the competition. Queensland's power in the front row was certainly intimidating and Sekona was key to that.

19. Rebecca Clough 

Experienced lock Clough led the way for Rugby WA's forwards in the 2019 Super W season. Their pack was consistent through their matches and that was in a large part down to Clough's composure and performance.

20. Kiri Lingman 

Lingman led the Queensland well all season and was one of their most consistent players. The backrower was one of four Queenslanders in the top five for tackles made this season and 

21. Iliseva Batibasaga 

Batibasaga's speedy delivery helped the Waratahs get on the front foot against their Super W opposition this season.

22. Lavinia Gould 

Queensland's attack was its most dangerous weapon for much of the season and it was Gould's influence that really steered the team along.

23. Mhicca Carter 

Carter was one of the standouts for RugbyWA in the season, providing plenty of spark in every game she played. Her utility ability is hugely  impressive as well, with Carter switching from fullback to halfback after a number of injuries to the side.