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By NSW Waratahs Media unit
Sydney have emerged from the Buildcorp National Women’s XVs Championship as victors for a third year running after their decisive 34-0 victory over interstate counterparts, ACT.
A proud Captain Ash Hewson knew her team was capable to pull off the incredible feat.
“We all put in plenty of hard work which got us the result in the end,” said Hewson. “We knew we had the squad to do it and everyone is really stoked… thankfully everyone pulled up OK.”
The Sydney University representative scored a total of 19 points in the Day 3 decider, as she nabbed a try, four conversions and two penalties goals.
The close shave with Western Australia in the third round helped steered the team to victory, according to Hewson.
“We always knew that when we play WA it is going to be tough,” said Hewson. “Their enthusiasm and physicality was what put us on the back foot but it is something the team really needed.
“After a successful first two rounds the day before, a hard fought win brought us back down to earth.”
Hewson thought there were several standouts from her side, which doesn’t make Wallaroos’ selectors jobs any easier.
“I thought Grace Hamilton and Kayla Sauvao were very impressive over the weekend,” said the Captain. “To be honest with you, everyone in our squad stood up and showed great resolve and that’s why we took it away.
“There will be plenty of tough decisions for the coaches due to some great depth which was on display over the weekend. The calibre of player is only improving which is great for women’s rugby.”
Day One saw Sydney explode out of the blocks in Pool A’s Round 1 fixture, convincingly downing the seventh-seeded South Australia Barbarians 39-0. The second Pool A match saw Western Australia put their hand up in 2017, clinically defeating ADFRU 19-0.
Pool B saw our own NSW Country Corellas fall short to the Queenslanders 22-0 after a solid first half arm-wrestle between the two sides. In the other opening Pool match, ACT drowned out the Victorians 17-3.
Round 2 for Pool A hosted a Sydney thrashing of ADFRU, when the to-be champions ran through them 68-0. WA won their second match 20-0 against the outfit from South Australia.
NSW Country went down to grand finalists ACT 23-0 despite their heroic defensive efforts. Queensland also remained undefeated in the first day of competition, walking away from their clash with Victoria 29-0.
Day 2 and round 3 of the Buildcorp National Women’s XVs Championship opened with Pool A fixtures once again – this time it was the ADRFU who hit the ground running, defeating SA 24-0. Sydney had a close shave with WA, but remained untouchable as they came away with a 13-0 victory.
The NSW Country Corellas notched up their first win of the competition against the Rebels, putting 22 points over the Victorian outfit’s 7. ACT, who were undefeated the entire tournament until the final round, narrowly beat Queensland 5-3 to reach the play-off.
The Day 3 play-offs were host to two four matches, with each team playing for their final standings in the 2017 Championships. Seventh place play-off was taken out by the women from South Australia, beating the Rebels 17-12.
Fifth place was hotly contested by ADFRU and NSW Country, and unfortunately for the Corellas, went against their way 10-7 after the Defence Force fly-half knocked a penalty conversion over in extra time
Third Place was earned by Queensland who fought hard to secure a 27-13 victory over Western Australia.
The stage was set for the two undefeated teams of the competition to battle it out in the final of the 2017 Buildcorp Women’s XVs Championship. Sydney came out firing and were unstoppable in their execution against the ACT, and ran away to a 34-0 win over their interstate counterparts.
In the wake of the weekend’s competition, Buildcorp Wallaroos coach Paul Verrell will have plenty to consider when he selects a squad to travel to New Zealand in June, ahead of the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup which will be held in Ireland.
DAY ONE RESULTS:
ROUND 1, POOL A
Sydney 39 (Tries: E. Robinson, A. Sulusi, G. Hamilton, C. Leaupepe, K. Sauvao, T. Sheppard; Cons: A. Hewson 3; Pen Cons: A. Hewson) defeated South Australia Barbarians 0
Western Australia 19 (Tries: Cope, Pomare, Putz; Cons: Cope, Haines) defeated ADFRU 0
ROUND 1, POOL B
Queensland 22 (Tries: Campbell, Kennington, Rasolea, Vunimasei, Te Mara; Cons: Hake) defeated NSW Country 0
ACT 17 (Tries: Burrows, Meakes, Perry; Cons: Carter) defeated Victoria 3 (Pen Cons: Cormick)
ROUND 2, POOL A
Sydney 68 (Tries: Kaiwai 3, Hamilton 2, Horomia, Latu, Maguire, Laws, Hewson; Cons: Hewson 9) defeated ADFRU 0
Western Australia 20 (Tries: Wickliffe, King; Cons: Cope 2; Pen Cons: Cope 2) defeated South Australia Barbarians 0
ROUND 2, POOL B
ACT 23 (Tries: Milward, Meakes, Perry; Cons: Carter; Pen Cons: Carter, Smith) defeated NSW Country 0
Queensland 29 (Tries: Rasolea, Sefo, De La Cruz, Te Mara, Kaihau; Cons: Hake 2) defeated Victoria 0
DAY TWO RESULTS:
ROUND 3, POOL A
ADRFU 24 (Tries: Close, Cranston, Fletcher; Cons: Hall 3; Pen Cons: Hall) defeated South Australia Barbarians 0
Sydney 13 (Tries: Latu; Cons: Hewson; Pen Cons: Hewson 2) defeated Western Australia 0
ROUND 3, POOL B
NSW Country 22 (Tries:Fatu 2, Howard, Stevens; Cons: Howard) defeated Victoria 7 (Tries: Marsters; Cons: Cormick)
ACT 5 (Tries: Milward) defeated Queensland 3 ( Pen Cons: Hake)
DAY THREE RESULTS:
SEVENTH PLACE PLAY-OFF
South Australia Barbarians 17 (Tries: Akuila, Brock, Elisaia; Cons: Helbig) defeated Victoria 12 (Tries: Marsters 2; Cons: Cormick)
FIFTH PLACE PLAY-OFF
ADRFU 10 (Tries: Emsley; Cons: Hall; Pen Cons: Hall) defeated NSW Country 7 (Tries: Fatu; Cons: Howard)
THIRD PLACE PLAY-OFF
Western Australia 13 (Tries: Haines; Cons: Wickliffe; Pen Cons: Edwards, Wickliffe) defeated by Queensland 27 (Tries: Lefau-Fakosilea, Rasolea; Cons: Hake; Pen Cons: Hake 5)
Sydney 34 (Tries: Horomia, Katu, Leaupepe, Hewson; Cons: Hewson 4; Pen Cons: Hewson 2) defeated ACT 0
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