28 April 2017
The Sydney Women’s Rugby Union representative team is ready to take on the ACT Brumbies women’s side this weekend in the team's final preparation match before the National Championships in May.
The two sides will meet in the curtain raiser to the Brumbies Super Rugby match against the Auckland Blues on Sunday afternoon in Canberra. The match will kickoff at 1:50pm at GIO Stadium.
The President of the Sydney Women’s Rugby Union, Erin Morton says the training in the lead up to the game has been strong and the girls are ready to play.
“The ACT side is always strong and we know they have been training at the Brumbies facilities, so it was important that we trained well in the lead up to this game and we’ll have to be ready for them,” said Erin Morton.
“We’ve had a few injuries in our other matches so there’s been a little bit of work to do in training, but we’ve really come together as a team.”
The two teams last met in the grand final of the national championship game, which Sydney women won convincingly, but Erin Morton says the score did not reflect how close the game had been.
“The last time we played, we won by 32 points to 3 but it was a really tight first half but we were only able to pull away from them late in the second half.”
While not expecting a similar score line Morton said she was confident the Sydney forwards could again do well against the women from Canberra.
“We know the ACT has a good forward pack and some fast young backs, but our backrowers have been in great form and I am sure we’ll see them working hard over the ball to retain possession,” Ms Morton said.
“The game will be a great opportunity for the players to show off their skills and play in front of the Brumbies home crowd before a Super Rugby match,” Erin Morton said.
“It’s also good chance for us to showcase our game.”
The match will be the last chance for the Sydney selectors to settle on their team ahead of the national title games to be played on the Gold Coast in May.
Those games will also serve as a pathway for players hoping to win selection in the Wallaroos, the national women’s rugby union team which will travel to play in the World Cup in Ireland later this year.
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