RugbyWA fall to dominant Queensland Reds side

· Super W
by Rugby WA Media

The RugbyWA Women have gone down 80-5 to a ferocious Queensland Reds side in what was a tough day for the home side.

Following a nail-biting defeat at the hands of the Brumbies last week, the RugbyWA women were looking to make amends against a fierce Queensland Reds side who travelled to Perth for their opening clash of the Super W season.

RugbyWA captain Trilleen Pomare said her teams need to get back to basics and make use of the all important bye-week before playing a key game against the Melbourne Rebels.  

"The Reds had an exceptional performance and we can't shy away from that they put us to sword, however we have bye-week coming up so it's back to working our defense and getting bak to our processes," she said.

"We didn't clean well at the ruck and they stole a lot of our ball,  you can't win rugby if we don't have the ball so it's really back to basics for us." 

The Reds gained the ascendancy straight out of the blocks, scoring within the first two minutes through front rower Liz Patu giving the Reds a good foundation to start the game. 

Despite their best efforts, the RugbyWA Women struggled to get a foothold on the game as the Reds starved them of possession.

The Reds employed their rolling maul in the first term which proved to be their weapon of choice and saw them score numerous tries off the back of it.

Reds front-rower Liz Patu caused carnage for the RugbyWA defence, crashing over for a hat-trick of tries including one runaway try as she showed a clean pair of heels to cross under the posts. 

The need to step up and put a body on in the game is essential if RugbyWA want to find success in their final two games. 

"We have two big matchups coming up, we need to be physical and our forwards really need to muscle up," Pomare said. 

Heading into the break trailing 40-0, the women from the West needed a huge boost in rejuvenation having a major focus on holding the Reds back in the second period. 

The Reds continued to flex their depth bringing on Mararea Tupai in the second half who become the Reds second player of the day to score a hattrick of tries. 

However their was light at the end of the tunnel for the RugbyWA Women as they showed extreme bravery to consolidate their game and build phases. 

Catching the Queensland side off guard, RugbyWA found space out wide and sent over debutant Emysen Robinson which was able to lift the spirits off the side in the dying minutes of the game celebrating Robinson's first try in a black and gold jersey. 

Former RugbyWA star Courtney Hodder was a standout in the game for the Reds, receiving a warm reception from WA fans on her return home.

RugbyWA will look to turn their season around in two weeks time coming up against the Rebels at Kingsway Reserve in Wanneroo.