The NSW Waratahs will march into the Tremendous W semi-finals with their unbeaten document intact after rolling the Rebels 29-0 of their last-round conflict in Melbourne.
The table-topping Waratahs (5-0) have set themselves up for a final-four assault at Harmony Oval in Sydney on April 30, operating in 5 tries of their Friday night time thrashing at AAMI Park.
Queensland at present maintain down second place with three groups – 2022 champions Fijiana Drua, the Western Pressure and Brumbies – nonetheless within the scramble for the opposite two play-off spots.
Presently sitting fourth, the Pressure are two factors away from the Brumbies who they host on Saturday night time.
Stand-in Waratahs captain Grace Hamilton mentioned it was a strong exercise for her facet, who will tackle the fourth-placed group.
“We knew the Rebels had been going to come back out, they’d nothing to lose right here at dwelling,” Hamilton instructed Stan Sport.
“They obtained us bodily and we needed to put on them out, and grind them out, and we obtained a bit messy at the beginning of the second half so we’ll look into that and see how we could be higher for subsequent week.”
Melbourne (0-5) have completed and not using a win however confirmed their enchancment by way of the season to carry the rampant Tahs to 24 factors.
They trailed 12-0 till simply earlier than halftime when debutante winger Jacinta Windsor confirmed her tempo to sprint 60m in and across the defence to attain.
NSW’s early tries got here after hooker Katalina Amosa mauled the ball throughout the road to open the scoring after which Wallaroos No.8 Hamilton powered over from a five-metre scrum.
Waratahs halfback Tatum Chook had a busy recreation whereas Check centre Georgina Friedrichs was a continuing risk.
Starved of possession and territory within the first half, the Rebels had been consistently on the again foot and incurred 11 penalties.
However they settled into the match after the break with their skipper Wallaroos hooker Ash Marsters main the way in which with some huge hits.
They confirmed coronary heart to commonly repel the guests within the second half, even whereas down a participant after prop Laiema Bosenavulagi was yellow carded.
The hosts held the Waratahs out till the seventy fifth minute when a clearing kick by Rebels centre Wasie Toolis was charged down by Iliseva Batibasaga, who turned and pounced on the ball within the in-goal.
Speedster Maya Stewart then iced the win within the dying minutes after a spectacular group strive that stretched 60 metres.
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