Newcastle’s Bobbi Law and Simone Smith both had massive games in the opening day of the Women’s National Championships in Burleigh, as NSW Country dismantled the Australian Defence Force side 54-nil to get off to a flying start.
Simone Smith, who plays fullback for CRL Newcastle in the Women’s Premiership, switched back to her natural halves position for the ADF fixtures, and clicked instantly. As her side romped to a eleven-try to none win, including two for power second-rower Kezie App early in the clash, Smith played a crucial part.
In the end, the Country playermaker chalked up three try-assists, while fellow Newcastle teammate Law scored three of the eleven four-pointers in the rout. Her first came in the 16th minute, as she cut back inside off a wide pass from Tess Staines.
She rounded out her hat-trick either side of the half time break, first crossing just two minutes before the whistle. Rikeya Horne carved out a strong field position for the side as they lead 32-nil, before a quick tap off the following penalty put Keeley Davis and Holli Wheeler right in front of the ADF line. Wheeler’s offload put her Newcastle teammate straight through to the line, and gave Country a near-insurmountable lead.
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Law’s third for the defending champions came four minutes into the second half, as the Country centre beat two on their right flank to crash over the line, and complete her first hat-trick of the 2019 Championship campaign.
Also on the opening day, fellow NSW side City also clocked up a major win. The metro side scored 46 unanswered points against CAS, at the cost of halfback Maddie Studdon. The Jillaroos playmaker was removed from the game with a minor back injury.
NSW Country 54 (Shakiah Tungai 3, Bobbi Law 3, Kezie Apps 2, Tess Staines, Kaitlyn Phillips, Rikeya Horne tries; Kirra Dibb 5 goals) def. Australian Defence Force nil.