The Brumbies Women cemented a finals football spot for the first time after defeating Rugby WA Women last weekend setting up a Semi-final match against Queensland Women this coming Sunday (31st March) at Ballymore Stadium.
In their last encounter, Queensland Women walked away victorious, however Brumbies scrum-half Remi Wilton, scorer of three tires this season, is assured that the Super W side is well equipped this time around.
“We’ve definitely been keeping up on our ball skills, there were a few dropped balls in the last game when we played Queensland and we don’t want that to happen again,” Wilton commented.
“Hopefully this time we will be able to execute our game plan a lot better and put some points on the board. It was quite humid up there for us and it’s definitely different having that kind of heat.”
With a Super W finals spot set in stone, Wilton says the Brumbies Women’s game plan will not change, despite their success.
“We won’t want to adjust anything too much, because then it will make it a lot harder,” she said.
“But, we will look to improve on a couple of things leading into this week’s game.”
The 22-year-old began her rugby union journey whilst attending boarding school, participating in a 7’s competition, where she was placed a scrum-half and has never looked back.
“I started playing union when I was in boarding school,” Wilton recalled.
“That was a 7’s competition. They actually got me into union and I had a couple of friends that played, so they dragged me a long to training and I’ve stuck with it ever since and they started me at scrum half and I just never changed.”
The Super W star was modest when discussing her number of complete passes in the 2019 season, with a total currently standing at 231.
“I pride myself on my ball delivery” Wilton said.
”I think you can’t have a half that doesn't pass and the more balls you get out to the players, the better it is. It’s definitely one of my main focuses and it’s a part of my game that I am still trying to improve on, but at the moment I am pretty happy with it.”
As far as further aspirations, the Wallaroos come to mind, however Wilton is quick to mention that her focuses for now is solely on this Sunday’s match.
“I think everyone strides to get to a top spot of getting into the highest representative team that you can,” she said.
“With rugby that is the Wallaroos and for me that would be fantastic. But, at the moment I am focused on doing the best that I can for the team and hopefully we come away with a win this weekend for a grand final spot and we will see what comes after that.”
Words: Natasha Prior