It was a cracking game to get Day 3 of the Harvey Norman Women’s National Championships started; with South East Queensland facing off against NSW City.
Interstate rivalry was well and truly on show early with plenty of big hits and solid defence on display.
After a tense start, NSW City got scoring started when Tiana Penitani produced a 60m run out on the left touchline.
SEQ hit straight back with a forward’s try, with Tazmin Gray over after good lead-up work from Ali Brigginshaw and her backs.
Brigginshaw was the next to score after producing good footwork on the line and the SEQ team had a 12-6 lead at halftime.
NSW City produced a great second-half comeback when Shanice Parker opened the scoring for her side, while Penitani charged in for two more tries for a hat-trick.
It was a thrilling end when a try under the posts from Rona Peters levelled scores at 18-18; but a clever strip from Botille Vette-Welsh got the ball back for her side and they ran upfield for Jessica Sergis to finish it off and score in the left corner with three minutes to go.
NSW City 22 (Tiana Penitani 3, Shanice Parker, Jessica Sergis tries; Maddie Studdon goal) def South East Queensland 18 (Tazmin Gray, Ali Brigginshaw, Rona Peters tries; Ali Brigginshaw 3 goals)
Halftime: SEQ 12 – NSW City 6
Match: SEQ Women v NSW City Women
Round 1 -
NSW City Women
Venue: Pizzey Park
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Shakiah Tungai scored her second hat-trick in as many days to help NSW Country to a tight 20-14 win over Queensland Country.
In a fast-paced and physical game – her skills on the wing proving key in the win.
In a back-and-forth opening, it was NSW Country on the board first thanks to a try from prolific Tungai out of the far-left wing,
A great cross-field kick saw her get her quick-fire double after taking a leaping catch.
Not to be outdone, the Queensland Country winger Rhiannon Revell-Blair her side on the board next after a fantastic pass from Chelsea Baker saw her in for her try.
The NSW team held a 12-4 lead at the break and Queensland halfback Jenni-Sue got the scoring started with a great run for Country to start the second half.
However, NSW got further out in front left side when Tungai was over for her third, but in a see-sawing game, Queensland got within touching distance to trail 16-14 with just over five and a half minutes left when Shaniah Power was over in the right corner.
NSW however sealed the deal in the final moments of the game after they were over on the right side thanks to Rikeya Horne after they were able to withstand the Queensland Country fightback.
NSW Country 20 (Shakiah Tungai 3, Rikeya Horne tries ; Kirra Dibb, Melanie Howard goals) def Queensland Country 14 (Rhiannon Revell-Blair, Jenni-Sui Hoepper, Shaniah Power tries; Chelsea Baker 1 goal)
Halftime: NSW Country 12 – Queensland Country 4
Match: QLD Country Women v NSW Country Women
Round 1 -
QLD Country Women
NSW Country Women
Venue: Pizzey Park
Touch rugby league exhibition games
Queensland Baker’s Breakers 8 def NSW Studdon’s Stars 4
NSW Studdon's Stars 20 def Queensland Baker's Breakers 4
Day 2 results: Women's National Championships
Day 1 results: Women's National Championships
Day 4 - Finals Day draw
10.30am - ADF v CAS - livestreamed on QRL.com
11.45am - Baker's Breakers v Studdon's Stars - livestreamed on QRL.com
12.25pm - Queensland Country v SEQ - live on FOX League only
1.45pm - NSW City v NSW Country - live on FOX League only