Super W: RugbyWA name six debutants for 'redemption' clash against Brumbies

Super W
by RUGBY.com.au staff

RugbyWA have labelled Saturday's clash against the Brumbies a "redemption match" after their loss in the same fixture last year knocked them out of finals contention.

The teams met in the final round of the season last year to decide third place and final team to head into the Super W grand final qualifier against the Reds.

But the great rivals will clash in round one this season in a match that could prove pivotal to the final standings.

Coach Sebastian Delport has named a team with a mix of youth and experience, combining his three Wallaroos representatives and other seasoned players with several exciting debutants for Saturday's match in Canberra.

Third-year players Rebecca Clough and Katie Barnes provide the foundation for the forward pack, with a host of young stars surrounding them including backrowers Taylah Eastwood and Taylavie Frost Kelemete. 

In the front row, young gun Frieda Ah-Sam will start at tighthead having beaten her mother to the starting spot, with Sera Ah-Sam coming off the bench.

Wallaroos pair Trilleen Pomare and Ariana Hira-Herangi and will combine at flyhalf and inside centre, looking to create opportunities for a backline that includes debutants Taj Heald, and Langley Sesega, as well as winger Dallys Tini, who debuted last year at just 17.

Halfback Ayisha Wigley is among seven debutants in the starting XV, getting her start after a strong Aon Uni 7s campaign with the University of Western Australia.

Delport was confident the women were ready to for Saturday's clash after an extensive pre-season.

“The team is excited to begin the 2020 campaign, they have worked incredibly hard to improve their fitness, develop their technical skills and tactical understanding," he said.

“This week especially we have been putting the finishing touches on our game model for round one against the Brumbies at GIO, he said”

“Our focus during the selection of the match-day squad was on developing cohesion amongst the various combinations within the squad.

 “With so many new combinations and a number of players making their debuts, we wanted to strike a balance between youth and experience, we feel we have done that well for the Brumbies game on Saturday. “

The Brumbies take on RugbyWA at Canberra's GIO Stadium on Saturday, February 15, kicking off at 1:30pm AWST ahead of the Brumbies Super Rugby clash against the Highlanders at 4:15pm AWST and broadcast LIVE at RUGBY.com.au, Kayo and Fox Sports.

TEAM

RugbyWA to take on Brumbies

1. Hineana Dando*

2. Darryl Wickliffe 

3. Freida Ah-Sam*

4. Katie Barnes

5. Rebecca Clough 

6. Taylavie Frost Kelemete*

7. Taylah Eastwood*

8. Neesha Barrett

9. Ayisha Wigley*

10. Trilleen Pomare

11. Dallys Tini 

12. Ariana Hira-Herangi

13. Taj Heald*

14. Claudia Neilson 

15. Langley Sesega*

Reserves 

16.  Sera Ah-Sam

17. Chrystal Asiata

18. Yolanda Forsthye*

19. Emysen Robinson* 

20. Chrystal Walters

21. Moana Paul 

22. Cara Gleave*

23. Paihau Pomare*

*Denotes Super W Debut