7/5/2011

QLD hold off Brumbies challenge


The ACT Women’s side has been beaten in the grand final of the Australian Championships by Queensland after a controversial first-half try decided the winner on Tuesday. 

Despite hammering the Queensland try line for the final 10 minutes of play, the Brumbies couldn’t turn their momentum into points narrowly going down 5-0 at the Wests Brisbane Rugby Club. 

The only try of the game was awarded to Queensland No 8 Moana Virtue under controversial circumstances, with the referee initially ruling the ball had been held up before consulting with the touch judge who persuaded a change of mind. 

The conversion attempt was waved away and despite the Brumbies best efforts no more points were registered. 

Best for the Brumbies were flankers Dannielle Cahill and Amanda Singh who worked hard all tournament to secure their team loose ball. 

Captain of the Brumbies Sharni Williams said while she was disappointed with the outcome, her team had put up a fight and will leave Queensland on Tuesday night with their heads held high. 

“It was a pretty disappointing way to lose the match and the championship but that’s the way rugby goes and we just have to get on with it now,” Williams said. 

“We were on their line for the last 10 minutes and just couldn’t get across. If we had another five minutes to play I had the feeling we would have run all over them.

“I’m stoked with the effort from everyone though – I couldn’t fault the effort from anyone.” 

Queensland finished the tournament undefeated after beating Sydney, NSW Country and the Brumbies. 

QLD 5 (Moana Virtue try) bt Brumbies 0.