Mother-daughter combo to share the spotlight in RugbyWA’s starting lineup 

· Super W
by Rugby WA Media

RugbyWA head coach Sebastian Delport has only made one change to the starting lineup for the upcoming clash against the Reds, starting vice-captain Sera Ah-Sam at hooker alongside her daughter.

Freida Ah-Sam beat out her mother to the starting position in RugbyWA’s first match against the Brumbies however with Darryl Wickliffe ruled out for round two, Sera will run onto Success Sportsplex in the number two jersey.

"The whole squad is really excited to see this dynamic duo take the field at the same time," Delport explained

"This has been a very personal goal for the two of them during pre-season and we can't wait to see them representing WA women's rugby with pride and passion."

"We've had two sets of sisters in the RWA Super W program to date, but this is our first mother-daughter combination, we hope it is the first of many more to come." 

Cottesloe’s Hineana Dando will round off the front row needing to tighten up at scrum-time after getting their first match out of the way.

The rest of the forwards will remain the same with Cottesloe pairing Katie Barnes and Rebecca Clough adding experience into the second row.

Taylavie Kelemete, Taylah Eastwood and Neesha Barrett will make up the backrow, Barrett who is cousin of the famous Barrett brothers will be expected to add dominance into the game.

Shaking off her debut last week Aiysha Wigley will remain at the halfback spot, looking for a breakout game after a solid start to the competition.

Fly-half Trilleen Pomare will remain the captain for the hit out, linking up with centre pairing Ariana Hira-Herangi and Taj Heald who shone in last week’s match.

Winger Claudia Nielson will provide an attacking threat to the team, backing up her breakout season last year with an assertive performance in round one.

Starting again this week she will need to be at the top of her game, possibly lining up against former RugbyWA superstar Courtney Hodder who famously scored eight tries in the inaugural season of the Super W competition.

To complete the run-on side will be Dallys Tini and Langley Sesega, both will be relied upon to be the last line of defense for the ladies in black and gold.

Some new faces will grace the bench this weekend with Wanneroo Rugby Club players Pareana Taitoko and Nadia Smith coming into the fold.

After having a brilliant outing off the bench Chrystal Asiata remains in the side with Moana Paul providing much needed backup as well.

To round out the reserves could be RugbyWA's secret weapon in former Queenslander Charlotte Kennington.

Kennington was apart of the Reds 2019 squad and has worked under Queensland’s head coach Moana Virtue for almost the entirety of her rugby career, learning under her when she first took up the sport at Sunnybank Rugby Club.

Despite the round one loss to the Brumbies Delport is sticking to his plan looking to further develop his current side.  

"Our focus this week has been on ensuring that the players have recovered fully from round one and a long weekend of travel," Delport said. 

"We had a few players who needed to be assessed after our first game of the season, thankfully they have all been cleared and we can now focus completely on round two against Queensland."

"We'll continue to develop our on-field cohesion this week and look to clarify our tactical understanding as we head towards this weekends game."

Despite the slight changes Delport is very confident with the new additions to the bench.

"Pareana and Nadia have rejoined the squad to give us some much needed depth in certain key areas of the squad,' He said.

"They trained really well on Tuesday night, and with another full session under their belts tonight I have no doubt they will help us compete for the full 80 minutes at home against Queensland.

The RugbyWA Women will face the Queensland Reds at Success Sportsplex this Saturday Feburary 22 kicking off after the Western Force trial match at 4:00pm AWST.


RugbyWA Women's team to face the Reds

1. Hineana Dando
2. Sera Ah-Sam [VC]
3. Frieda Ah-Sam
4. Katie Barnes
5. Rebbeca Clough
6. Taylavie Kelemete
7. Taylah Eastwood
8. Neesha Barrett
9. Aiysha Wigley
10. Trilleen Pomare [C]
11. Dallys Tini
12. Ariana Hira-Herangi
13. Taj Heald
14. Claudia Nielsen
15. Langley Sesega


16. Nadia Smith
17. Chrystal Asiata
18. Yolanda Forsyth
19. Pareana Taitoko
20. Crystal Walters
21. Moana Paul
22. Charlotte Kennington
23. Emysen Robinson