Buildcorp Super W: Team of the Year

Super W
Beth Newman Profile
by Beth Newman

The Super W finals weren't able to be played yet in 2020 but the competition showed off some great talent in its regular season.

NSW and Queensland were the standout teams, finishing one and two in the regular season, but they and the third-placed Brumbies will have to wait and see if they have a chance to push for the crown in 2020.

With the regular season done and dusted,  we have picked a 23-player Super W Team of the Year and we want you to vote for the player you think stood out the most in 2020.

Take a look at our list and choose your standout in the poll at the bottom of the page.

1. Liz Patu - Reds

After a mixed 2019, Patu was back to her best in 2020, setting the tone for the Reds this season. The front rower showed her character in working to move on from a difficult 2019 season and cemented herself as one of the country's best front rowers once again.

2.  Averyl Mitchell - Reds

Queensland's pack was physically dominant again this season and Mitchell was a big part of that. Mitchell earned a Wallaroos debut last year and really continued to build on a breakthrough year in one of Super W's dominant teams. Nabbed three tries for her efforts this season as well.

3. Evelyn Horomia - Waratahs

Horomia is one of the form front rowers in Super W and helped her team gain an edge in each match she played. The Waratahs are still undefeated across all three seasons of Super W  and Horomia's consistency has only helped them in 2020.

4. Michaela Leonard - Brumbies

Leonard continued to show her rugby talents, co-captaining the Brumbies in Super W this season. The Brumbies' set piece was one of its most solid areas and Leonard's consistency helped them set a strong standard. Pushing for Test honours again in 2020 surely.

5. Noella Green - Waratahs

One of the veterans of the NSW side, Green is ultra reliable at lock. Teaming up with Sera Naiqama for much of the season, Green was a super consistent cog in the Waratahs' winning machine.

6. Shannon Mato - Reds

Mato made her presence felt for Queensland this season. The backrower proved a headache in attack for opposition teams, finding gaps and busting tackles aplenty. Led the competition with 54 carries and was fifth overall for metres made.

7. Rebecca Smyth - Brumbies

Smyth was close to the Brumbies' most important player this year, returning to the game after a long break. One of the Wallaroos pioneers, Smyth made her rugby comeback in 2020 and picked up where she left off, as an influential backrower. Missed one game with a broken nose but was among the best for the Brumbies in every match she played.

8. Grace Hamilton - Waratahs

Hamilton just keeps setting the bar for the Super W competition and Australian women's rugby in general. Handed the NSW captaincy this season but that didn't slow her down at all. The no. 8 finished in the competition's top five for defenders beaten, offloads and carries this season, once again proving her standing as Australia's best player.

9. Iliseva Batibasaga  - Waratahs

The Waratahs backline was electric this season and much of that spark came from NSW halfback Batibasaga. The perfect link player between the forwards and backs, the Wallaroos scrumhalf had another impressive year.

10. Zahara Temara - Reds

Temara stamped herself as the form 10 of the competition this season, pulling the strings for the Reds. While her running game is strong, it is her in-play kicking ability that set her apart this year, helping the Reds to a three-win regular season.

11. Maya Stewart - Waratahs

Stewart was a try beast in this year's Super  W, scoring 10 tries in just four matches so far. The winger produced her own highlights reel with her finishes this season and is something for fans to be excited about.

12. Nicola Emsley - Rebels

Emsley was one of the standout Rebels players in a tough season for Melbourne. Awarded the best back gong at the team's end of season, she . 

13. Shanice Parker - Waratahs

Parker was the Super W player of the year in the inaugural season and she showcased her talents once again in 2020. Moving into the centres, she led the competition for clean breaks and was in the top five for assists across the competition as well.

14. Lori Cramer - Reds

Cramer continued to prove she is one of the most exciting talents in the women's game with her 2020 season. Her kicking off the tee has continued to improve and she led the competition for conversions in 2020.

15. Chloe Leaupepe - Waratahs

Moved from flyhalf to play in the back three, Leaupepe proved to be masterful at 15. Was the perfect support player for new 10 Pauline Piliae and was dangerous with the ball in hand. One of the best Super W players this season.

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16. Louise Burrows - Brumbies

Burrows just keeps proving age is no barrier, one of the most experienced players in Super W. Scored three tries this season and was an important part of a very effective Brumbies set piece department.

17. Oneata Schwalger - Waratahs

Wallaroos prop Schwalger was very consistent for NSW this year, earning her spot on the pine here.

18. Christina Sekona - Reds

Sekona has proven herself a beast in forward play and was very effective throughout the 2020 season.

19. Rebecca Clough - RugbyWA

Clough made most of her appearances off the bench for RugbyWA this season but when she played she made an immediate impact. Showed her experience in the second row in a difficult year for RugbyWA.

20. Ash Walker - Rebels

Walker was one of the Rebels' best this season and led the competition in turnovers won with eight from her four matches.

21. Jane Garraway – Brumbies

Garraway doesn't earn many plaudits but the halfback was impressive for the Brumbies this season. The ACT co-captain proved dangerous as the connection between her forwards and backs this year.

22. Trilleen Pomare - RugbyWA

Pomare was up against it for much of the season but showed her abilities when RugbyWA had opportunity, managing games well at flyhalf. A super talent.

23. Courtney Hodder - Reds

It's been a little while since this competition has seen Hodder in full flight but the WA-raised Reds back reminded everyone of her quality this season.  Scored five tries in four matches to really underline her talent.