Queensland outrun the RugbyWA Women

· Super W
by Rugby WA Media

In an extremely physical hit out the RugbyWA Women fall gallantly to a skillful Queensland side putting up a fight until the end as they finished the match down by 25 points.

The young Queensland back line were the focal point of the match running over the line with young Aussi 7s representative Alysia Lefau-Fkaosilea aiding her team to come away with a final score of 28-3.

Both teams left nothing on the table to start the match, throwing out big hits and good aggression right from the outset, strong pressure saw the RugbyWA Women draw first blood with inside centre Tui Cope nailing the first penalty of the match putting RugbyWA up within the first 20 minutes.

However Queensland replied quickly using strong defense to turn the ball over from WA within their own half which accumulated into an easy penalty kick for Queensland fullback Lori Cramer tying up the score at three a piece. 

Passions were high throughout the entire match with two yellow cards in the first half as Lefau-Fakaaosilea was sent off for Queensland quickly followed by our own young gun Zakiya Kereopa also spending time in the sin bin. 

Eventually the first try would come late in the first half which eventuated from some good back line play from the Queenslanders as fly-half Lavinia Gould delivered a beautiful pass to put winger Alana Elisaia over in the corner. 

Cope put her boot to the test to end the first half attempting a massive 45 meter penalty that fell just short keeping the score at 8-3.

Coming into the second half Queensland didn't hold back putting ample pressure on the West Aussies leading to outside centre Cecilia Smith intercepting the ball as she dashed over for the teams second try ten minutes in.

Finding their rhythm Queensland extended their lead with Cramer kicking over a penalty goal quickly followed by another unlucky intercept by centre Lefau-Fakaosilea pushing the lead to 23-3. 

True heart was shown by wingers Zakiya Kereopa and Claudia Nielson putting on amazing pace to chase down both the intercept tries, unfortunately unable to stick the two tackles.  

The final score came only eight minutes before the end of the match with Queensland showing good hands to whip the ball out to winger Ivania Wong pushing the final score to 28-3. 

The RugbyWA Women fought all the way to the final whistle with the last five minutes taking place in Queensland's own 22, as the game closed Queensland conceded yet another yellow card for a ruck infringement with number 19 Eilidh Sinclair heading to the sin bin for the final minute of the match. 

"RugbyWA's on field captain Natasha Haines spoke on the team performance after the match outlining the key areas of focus that her team needs to look at.

"We lack discipline, we really took it to the Queensland side but they are a solid team they shift the ball well, work from left to right and they punch hard, so we've just got to be a lot more discipline moving forward."

"If you have a chat to any of the opposing teams once you get that first match out of the way you can figure out what to work on, we have a lot of young girls in our team and we just need to develop further and work on our combinations."

"For next week we need to work on our forward drive more punching harder up the field, once we figure that out then we can look to shift it into space. Again we need more discipline that really killed us today."

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