Jack Scott Cup Final: Preview


30/08/2019





The competition’s best from the regular season will fight it out for the Jack Scott Cup, as Sydney University take on Randwick Magic in this Saturday’s Grand Final.

Finishing first and second at the conclusion of the regular season, they’ll now face off at Rat Park, Warringah from 2pm.

The Grand Final will be the focal point of Round 7 of the Sydney Women’s Rugby Sevens competition, featuring matches across the morning before a final at the conclusion of the Jack Scott Cup.

Both sides made light work of their opposition in last weekend’s semi-finals, with some strong performances across the board including a hat-trick to Uni’s Tamyka Laws and a double to Randwick’s Eva Karpani.

There was a scare through the Student’s camp in the aftermath of their dominant semi-final performance however, with the experienced Ash Hewson suffering a broken nose.

The tough-as-nails fullback will be fit to lead her side after being cleared of concussion, and will play through any discomfort the injury to her nose may incur.

An experienced campaigner across all levels of women’s rugby, Hewson said she was proud of the contribution from across the entire Uni squad.

“We’ve had a pretty strong season and to go through undefeated is a credit to the hard work of the girls, but also puts a pretty big target on your back,” Hewson said.

That undefeated streak has been done in large parts without the club’s international contingent, who have been in camp with the Wallaroos in recent months.

They’ve welcomed back the likes of Grace Hamilton, Emily Chancellor, Sera Naiqama and Iliseva Batibasaga.

“There’s some quality players there [returning] and a lot of strength, but it just shows that we’ve got a lot of depth and we’ve had some younger girls step up [throughout the season] which is great for the game.”

Randwick presents a formidable challenge for the undefeated University, pushing Ben Evan’s side all the way in a 27-25 win during their last clash in Round 11.

“We’re well aware that they’re a strong side and we’ll give them the respect they deserve,” Hewson said.

Much like Randwick themselves, Georgie Friedrichs is in her first season of Jack Scott Cup.

“I think coming into the season a lot of people probably didn’t think we’d be competitive and I’m glad to say we’ve proved them wrong,” Friedrichs said.

Friedrichs identified Magic’s Sevens influence – featuring a core group of players formed some years ago – as something that had fast-tracked their growth in the competition.

“I think there’s a really good vibe around the group, coming from Sevens we’ve all got a good work rate and ball skills which made the transition a little easier.

Reflecting on a close encounter on Round 11, Friedrichs said that Magic took away plenty of confidence from that performance against the all-conquering University.

“That was a really good game [Round 11 v Uni] coming off the back of a shocker the week before – almost beating a world-class team was an impressive effort from the girls,” Friedrichs

“It wasn’t a perfect performance so there’s room for improvement and we’ve been working on a few key areas since that game.”

All matches from Rat Park will be live streamed, head to NSW Rugby’s Finals Hub for more information.

Match details:
Sydney University v Randwick Magic
Kick-off: 2pm
Rat Park, Warringah


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