The NSW Waratah Women walked away with a 29-0 victory in the last round of the Buildcorp Super W.
Leilani Nathan was a standout performer on Friday night, putting on enormous hits, being relentless at the breakdown and making meters with every run.
Tatum Bird and Jacinta Windsor shined in their first run on debut, whilst Sera Naiqama was influential in the lineout and assisting Hamilton in leading the forward pack around.
It was a quick start at AAMI Park as Katalina Amosa opened the account for the away team. A well-constructed rolling maul allowed her to go untouched over the line.
A couple of minutes later the Tahs found themselves back down in their opposition’s 22. This time Grace Hamilton bullied her way from the back of a scrum to push the score to 12-0.
The Waratahs had the majority of the possession and field position in the half but were unable to capitalise, giving away penalties at crucial moments.
With the half coming to a close Jacinta Windsor took the game into her own hands. Windsor was able to get on the outside of her winger and speed past her, she then cut into the midfield and beat the fullback to score a 50m try under the posts.
The second half was a scrappy back-and-forth fight, the Waratahs were continuously banging on the door, but the Rebels kept turning them away.
It wasn’t until the 74th minute that the first points of the second half were scored. Veteran Iliseva Batibasaga scoring off a charge down that she created.
To close the game Maya Stewart dove over the line after a Georgina Friedrichs line break, adding another try to her already impressive tally.
The NSW Waratah women were able to walk away unscathed and leave Melbourne with a 29-0 victory. This win means the Waratah Women finish undefeated and in the top position after the five fixed rounds.
The Tahs look to next week’s semi-final clash on Sunday the 30th of April, against 4th place, which will be decided this weekend.
TRIES: Amosa, Hamilton, Windsor, Batibasaga, Stewart
CONS: Miller 2/5