NSW Waratahs Women through to Super W final


25/03/2019



By NSW Rugby Media

The NSW Waratahs Women will have the opportunity to defend their Super W crown after today booking their spot in the grand final with a 66-12 defeat over Melbourne Rebels.





In a Super W first, the grand final will be held as a stand alone event on Sunday 7 April 2019 at Leichardt Oval, with a 4:30pm kick off. The NSW Waratahs Women took their round three clash against the Queensland Reds to Leichardt Oval earlier in the season to great acclaim and will be hoping to once again attract the home town support.

Today New South Wales regional rugby fans turned out in style in Bathurst for the final game of the regular fixture where the Waratahs maintained their unbeaten record to finish top of the Super W ladder.

After taking out the inaugural Super W title in 2018, the NSW Waratahs will now have the opportunity to defend their title on home soil.

It capped off a big weekend in the country for the Waratahs Women, who also delivered a women’s rugby combine and girls clinic the day prior for budding young rugby stars. With more than 60 participants taking part, it once again reinforced the strong interest and growth of women’s rugby in country New South Wales.

Head Coach Matt Evrard said his team were thrilled to again host the Super W final and they intended to make the most of their week off.

“It’s a great advantage having the weekend off… we were only talking with other teams today and we know there are some sore bodies out there.

“Some of the women in the Super W haven’t played this standard of rugby week in, week out. So we will want to take the advantage of lightening the load leading into the final,” said Evrard.

While the Waratahs need to wait a week to find out who they will play in the final, Evrard says at this point in the competition it’s about ensuring game plans are executed.

“It’s not about the opposition and whether we play Queensland or the Brumbies, both teams are defensively really strong. They are going to make you earn every point.

“Today we went half point forward in our attack, but we need to make sure we don’t go off kilter and when we’ve got those opportunities to put points on the board we take them,” he said.

Waratahs Captain Ash Hewson delivered another strong performance in Bathurst today, also acknowledging her side’s excitement to once again have a home grand final.

"It is really great after last year to be hosting the final again,” said Hewson.
"Playing at Leichhardt Oval a couple of weeks ago against Queensland it was a really great atmosphere and a standalone game as well.
“So to get that crowd was amazing and hopefully we can double it it and get some support for the final,” she said.
While the score-line showed a Waratahs dominance, the Rebels certainly delivered a strong defensive performance of the season.
The Tahs led throughout the entire game, heading into half time with a commanding 40-12 lead.
While the rain didn’t play into either team’s hand, it didn’t stop the Waratahs storming home to keep the Rebels scoreless in the second half while put another 20 points on the board.


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