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ACT Women’s rugby union has taken a positive step forward after featuring as the curtain raiser for the ACT Brumbies at a chilly Canberra Stadium last night.
Sydney Women’s Rugby held on to win the match 8-5 after numerous attacking raids from the ACT in the second half.
After crossing the white stripe early in the first half things were looking good for the ACT, but poor discipline handed the lead to Sydney who kicked a penalty goal and scored an unconverted try to take an 8-5 lead into the half-time break.
Both teams were willing to put their attacking flair on display, however they were unable to convert this into points as no points were scored in the second half.
The unchanged score line can be attributed to the physical defence from both teams during the bruising encounter.
Early in the second half Sydney was entrenched deep in ACT’s half of the field and looking likely to build on their three-point lead. However a combination of unforced errors and pressure at the breakdown from ACT kept the scoreboard locked at 8-5.
ACT was not finding any success via their backline as they began to shift their attack through their hefty forward pack. But like Sydney they were letting themselves down with poor discipline and errors.
Replacement halfback Nita Maynard was causing many headaches for ACT, who looked like they were hanging on by a needle and thread.
But time and time again ACT dug deep for the building home crowd, to come up with a series of cover tackles that saved certain tries for Sydney.
With 10 minutes to go Sydney decided to through caution to the wind and this was playing into the hands of the ACT, who were frustrating the visitors with their brick wall like defence.
A tremendous line break from ACT Captain Sharni Williams, who showed some fancy footwork to beat five Sydney defenders, inspired the home team who were now played with instilled belief.
As the full-time siren sounded, ACT had a chance to steal the match with the ball in hand inside Sydney’s half. However a knock on dashed any hopes of a win for the ACT, the final score 8-5 in favour of Sydney.
ACT Womens coach, David Grimmond, was pleased with his team’s performance considering their circumstances.
“We only came together this week, we have a lot of new girls here. All in all it was disappointing but our girls showed a lot of heart.” He said.
“Tonight was good for women’s rugby, there is a world cup next year and womens sevens will feature at the 2016 Rio De Janeiro Olympics, so womens rugby is definitely building.”
The ACT Women’s representative team will be looking for revenge across the Queens Birthday long weekend, when they play in a three way competition including NSW Country Women’s and Sydney Women’s Rugby.
Sydney Women’s Rugby Team: 8 (1 try, 1/1 penalty goals)
ACT Women’s Representative team: 5 (1 try)