WA Ladies Get It Done In Game 2

Its day 2 for the ladies, and with yesterdays heartbreaking loss fresh in their mind, they set their mind to the task of not having a repeat on the second day. Arguably the better side on Day 1, games are earnt over the space of the full game, and WA were looking for a full game performance on Day 2.

Standing in their way…. the QLD Sapphires side who were looking to make their mark after getting beaten by a rampant NSW City yesterday.

Much like yesterday, the WA ladies started fast and hard and put the pressure on a young Sapphires side early. Controlling the territory aspect of the game, both sides struggled with their ball control and the game was riddled with mistakes early until teams got into the flow. WA Fullback Jeune-Kelly Mahuru was good for the Black and Gold, as she was safe under the high ball and injected herself into the contest time and again.

But the deadlock could not be broken in the first half, as the scored remained 0-0 after the first 20 minute period.
With both sides coming back from the break with renewed vigor, the Sapphires continued to be ill-disciplined and lack ball control, and you got the feeling that WA had to score. With weight of possession and territory in their favour it had to be a matter of time.

And after an unfortunate injury to Shiane Kani, the WA ladies found themselves in good territory and struck first, thanks to a brilliant piece of play from Paihau Pomare. She caught the defence napping 10 metres out from their line and made them pay with a great scoot from dummy half. With the conversion successful, the deadlock was finally broken, and WA led 6-0.

But that’s when the nerves kicked in. Instead of icing the game, the WA ladies again found some errors when trying to put the nail in the QLD Sapphires coffin. And the Sapphires, with nothing to lose threw the ball around in abandon. The WA defence continued to show up and deny the QLDers, but with no time left on the clock, the Sapphires found some room on their left hand attacking side, and went the length of the field to score, with a change to level it up.

Again, thanks to some great defensive chasing from Pomare, the kick was on the far sideline and was going to be a big ask. The QLD kicker lined it up and actually struck the ball spectacularly, but the ball sailed wide, and the West Australian ladies took the win and now look forward to a massive game against the undefeated NSW City side tomorrow.