Super Rugby


Queensland Women’s XV fall to NSW in Buildcorp Super W opener

Queensland Women’s XV have gone done 18-nil to NSW in the opening match of the inaugural Buildcorp Super W at Suncorp Stadium. 

NSW crossed the line twice, while the boot of seasoned Wallaroo Ashleigh Hewson kept pressure on the scoreboard as she slotted two penalties and a conversion. 

NSW opened up the scoring in the 9th minute through Hewson’s first penalty, taking an early 3-nil lead. 

They scored the first try of the match soon after in the 14th minute through flyhalf Chloe Leaupepe. Hewson missed the conversion leaving the score at 8-nil. 

Both sides exchanged possession throughout the remainder of the half, with neither managing to cross the line to extend the score.

An injury to centre Nareta Marsters ended the first half, with both teams heading into the sheds with NSW ahead 8-nil. 

NSW winger Atasi Lafai nearly crossed for the first try of the second half in the opening exchanges, but knocked the ball on diving over the line. 

Lafai made up for her mistake in the 55th minute, taking on the Queensland defence to score. Hewson slotted the conversion taking the score to 15-nil. 

NSW lock Inge Visser went close in the 72nd minute, but knocked on over the line. Hewson slotted another penalty in the 74th minute, extending NSW’s lead to 18-nil with six minutes remaining. 

The Queenslanders were reduced to 14 in the dying minutes with prop Toa Filimoehala dealt a yellow card. The score would remain the same, with NSW claiming an 18-nil win in the inaugural Super W clash.

Queensland head coach Michael Hayes said: “It was hard for us to really get into the match and build momentum as we didn’t really have any possession. 

“Our scrum was challenged and we struggled to get front-foot ball. Credit to NSW, they played smart Rugby. 

“We had a number of players who were late editions to the squad and ten players pulling on the Queensland jersey for the first time tonight, they’ll be better for the experience. 

“This is a new group that hasn’t had an opportunity to play much together yet. They will have learnt some lessons tonight and we’ll take those into training this week as we look to develop our combinations and platforms. 

“We head to Canberra next week to face the Brumbies and that will be another tough challenge for the team. “ 

Ten players earned their first Queensland Caps this evening, with Phoebe Thomas, Lucy Lockhart, Alex Hargreaves, Ivania Wong and Sarah Riordan featuring in the starting XV, while Toa Filimoehala, Wynona Baice, Shannon Mato, Brianne Rossato and Alana Elisaia all came off the bench. 

Round 2 of the Super W will see Queensland travel to Canberra to take on the Brumbies, next Saturday, March 17. 

Queensland Women’s XV (nil) defeated by NSW 18 (Chloe Leaupepe, Atasi Lafai tries; Ashleigh Hewson 2 pens 1 conv) 

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