NSW have scored their fourth straight victory over Queensland with a 14-4 win in front of 10,515 in the Women’s State of Origin clash at North Sydney Oval as the NRL representative round swung into full flight.
After trailing 4-nil at half time through Queensland’s only four-pointer, scored by second-rower Tazmin Gray, the Blues surged back to their best in the second half. Led by dominant halves stars Maddie Studdon and Kirra Dibbs, NSW rolled through to notch three unanswered tries, and fully stamp their authority on the state-vs-state epic.
Dragons flyer Jessica Sergis was the first to crack open Queensland, with Dibbs sending a long, lofted pass to her right winger to chalk NSW’s first points.
Shakiah Tungai was the next to bag a four-pointer. After bombing a sure thing earlier in the contest, Tungai was put over by Isabelle Kelly, who smashed into Queensland’s defence before offloading to her left-flank winger to double NSW’s advantage.
Maddie Studdon put the icing on the cake for the Blues, confirming her Nellie Doherty medal as best on field with a slicing try right down the heart of Queensland’s defence.
Dibbs slotted the conversion home from right between the sticks to settle the battle.
The Hunter had four representatives stand tall for the region in the pinnacle of women’s rugby league. Kylie Hilder started for the Blues as rake, playing the opening 19 minutes before rotating out for Botille Vette-Welsh.
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Kelly of course shone for the Blues, creating one of their three tries, as well as clocking up 42 post-contact metres, and breaking three tackles. She played out the full 60 minutes in her No.4 position on the left flank.
Hannah Southwell and Holli Wheeler were both integral cogs in the side’s forward pack as well. Southwell started at lock, and played all but 13 minutes for the Blues. She grinded out 30 tackles, and recorded 91 carry metres.
Wheeler had a similar performance after coming in as reinforcements. She played out 37 minutes, and made 30 tackles.
Earlier, Newcastle trio Olivia Kernick, Caitlan Johnston, and Joeli Morris made history with the Under 18s Blues with a 24-4 victory over Queensland.
NSW Women 14 (Sergis, Tungai, Studdon tries; Dibbs conversion) def. QLD Women 4 (Gray try).