NRLWA Westpac Womens Premiership – Round 05 Recap

By PETER ROWE

 

Joondalup Giants overcame first half errors to record another victory – this time over the Fremantle Roosters at Treeby Oval on Friday evening –  to remain the frontrunners in the NRLWA Westpac Women’s Premiership.

 

The Giants opened the scoring after five minutes through halfback Elle Warren but Fremantle quickly returned fire with a shift down an edge to score through winger Georgia Bett, and with both conversions missed the scores remained locked up at four apiece.

 

The home side scored again six minutes later, capitalising on an error, this time working down the left edge with winger Bett crossing for her second.

 

The score then blew out to an eight-point lead after some impressive play from left to right to stretch the Joondalup defence that posed more problems and created errors as backrower Nina Rutene found space to score before the Giants made metres quickly to close the gap five minutes before halftime on the back of a penalty to set up Sienna Hodge-Cekic.

 

The Giants got out of their stall early in the second half with the Roosters able to match, them before winger Mata Moekaa broke the stalemate in the 54th minute to level the scores.

 

And four minutes later an Anneka Stephens kick forced a Fremantle drop out that saw her recover the kick and break through a hole on the right edge to cross and win the game.

 

“It was an ugly win, but a win is a win,” a relieved Giants coach Kurt Lahtz said afterwards.

 

“I have to give credit to Tyrah (Parekura-schimack) who came off the bench carrying an injury from last week to put in a great shift at hooker. And Anneka (Stephens) did it again at the end, showing great knowledge of the game to win it for us.

 

“We made too many errors early and that’s something we have to work on but, as I said, a win is a win.”