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Queensland Women claim 2018 Brisbane Global Rugby Tens title

The Queensland Women’s Tens side have claimed the 2018 Brisbane Global Rugby Tens Women’s Title, defeating NSW in extra time 10-5 in the final at Suncorp Stadium. 

In front of over 19,000 spectators, the Queensland Women showed enormous heart to stage a thrilling extra-time comeback in their 10-5 win. 

Fullback Samantha Treherne forced the game into extra time with a try in the corner before two moments of individual brilliance from Alysia Lefau-Fakaosilea decided the result.

Fakaosilea forced a turnover after a crushing tackle on NSW speedster Olivia Brooks. She then backed up Zahara Temara for the match-winning try.

Boasting a young team with a sprinkling of Wallaroos, head coach Michael Hayes was pleased with what he saw over the two-day carnival.

“It’s been a long weekend for the girls, they’ve been working really hard on their platforms. We encourage them to believe in establishing play so they can then use the green space and create opportunities,” said Hayes. 

“In the first game against NSW, we did some soul searching, after that the girls took ownership, which was pleasing to see. Collectively we came up with a plan and they stuck to it and we saw the end result after two full-time sirens.

“I really believe in the girls and the way we’ve been training we’ve been developing some really nice building blocks to work from, which are starting to form what I would call a ‘nice house’. We have our Super W campaign which is moving ahead and we’re very focused on. We were able to use some of those foundations over the weekend.” 

After going down to NSW 19-5 in their first pool game, the Queensland Women claimed a 33-nil win over the Brumbies and a 36-nil win over Melbourne, to build moment into the final. 

Fullback Sam Treherne produced many of the tournament highlights. She scored tries in every game except the final and turned up in defence for countless try saving tackles.

Vuanimasei Rasolea scored a bullocking semi-final try and the Suncorp Stadium turf shuddered every time she flattened a ball runner.

Teenager Lefau-Fakaosilea was another who grabbed her chance on the big stage. The schoolgirl flyer scored a try double in the semi-final  and was another who was fearsome in defence.

Women's Final

QUEENSLAND 10 (Treherne, Fakaosilea tries) defeated NSW 5 (Vette-Welsh try) 

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