Courageous Brumbies Women go down to near-full strength Waratahs

Sat, Feb 24, 2024, 2:58 AM
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The Safeguard Global ACT Brumbies Women have gone down to the NSW Waratahs in a tough outing against the full-strength title contenders in Campbelltown.

It was the NSW Waratahs who would strike first in the 4th minute, following plenty of possession early as the skipper Piper Duck was delivered a try following a breakaway by her halfback Arabella McKenzie.

The Brumbies would then mount plenty of pressure on the Waratahs women soon after following a strong maul, before being delivered a penalty in enemy territory.

From the pressure, Lydia Kavoa would then find herself barnstorming through the Waratahs try-line defence to score the Brumbies first five-pointer of the match just left of the goal posts.

Young Wallaroos' star Faitala Moleka then made the most of the effort converting the try, bringing the score to 7-5 win the Brumbies favour.

The Waratahs would return serve in the 17th minute through winger Desiree Miller's chip and chase effort within her own 22 which she would then collect and convert into points for the Waratahs second try of the day.

Following a successful conversion from McKenzie the Brumbies faced down a 12-7 defecit.

Later, in the 25th minute after amounting from plenty of pressure the NSW side would then convert a charge-down into points as Leilani Nathan would cross the line to extend their lead to 17-7.

The Brumbies, would then fend off plenty of attacking football from the home side as the Brumbies turned away countless efforts to prevent a three try lead for the Waratahs side going into the break.

To commence the second half, the Brumbies impressed with their desperate defence on their own goal-line as they would turn away the Waratahs strong attacking outfit for the opening nine minutes.

The next shot taken would fire in the 66th minute as the blue-and-whites extended their lead through Ruby Anderson making a dash for a five-pointer in the corner.

Despite the Brumbies defensive efforts, the Waratahs would manage to crash through again just 7 minutes later through flanker Atasi Lafai.

In the 76th minute the Waratahs continued to press their lead after making a Waiaria Ellis found her way through the visitors defensive line and raced away to add to the Waratahs try tally.

The Waratahs would end the day with an exclamation mark as the siren sounded with Georgina Friedrichs ending her match with a try in the right corner.

The Brumbies will now look ahead to their final trial match against Penina Pasifika at Bond University, Gold Coast next Saturday, March 2.

NSW Waratahs 41 (Tries: Piper Duck, Desiree Miller, Leilani Nathan, Ruby Anderson, Atasi Lafai, Gerorgina Friedrichs ; Conversions: Arabella McKenzie) def. Safeguard Global ACT Brumbies 7 (Tries: Lydia Kavoa; Conversions: Faitala Moleka)

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