Wilton upbeat in defeat

The ACT Brumbies women's side didn't get the desired result against the NSW Waratahs on the opening matchday of the Super W season, going down 26-0 at GIO Stadium.

GROUNDED: Brumbies scrumhalf Remi Wilton scores in the final passage of play against Fiji in 2018. Photo: Sitthixay Ditthavong

GROUNDED: Brumbies scrumhalf Remi Wilton scores in the final passage of play against Fiji in 2018. Photo: Sitthixay Ditthavong

The home side was never in the match, conceding three unanswered tries in the opening 26 minutes, but their defence showed good resistance to keep the Waratahs out for the best part of the last half hour. 

"We're a pretty tough team like that," Brumbies scrumhalf Remi Wilton said.

"We've always had a pretty good defensive game and it showed, considering we played NSW who are a very strong team."

Although the Brumbies were kept scoreless, the Queanbeyan Blues captain wasn't worried as she was confident the points would come with more possession.

"I think ball possession was pretty much our downfall," Wilton said.

"We just didn't have enough ball for the game.

"The Waratahs were too strong and kept it off us.

"It would have been nice to score and that's what every team aims for, but we did come a long way from our trial a few weeks ago, so that's not really our top priority at the moment. 

"If we get a bit more ball retention and continue the good defence we showed on the weekend, the points will definitely come."

Wilton played 22 minutes of the match, gaining nine metres and completing 17 passes, but she was just happy to get a run.

"I think ball possession was pretty much our downfall."

Remi Wilton

"It's definitely a privilege to put the jersey on and to get any minutes is a bonus.

"I was pretty happy with how I played.

Remi Wilton at scrum half during the opening game of the season.

Remi Wilton at scrum half during the opening game of the season.

"I had a couple of kicks, little runs and stuff like that."

The Brumbies are a pretty new team in terms of personnel and the 22-year-old said it would take time for the team to be at their best.

"We have a lot of new team members in the squad," she said.

"We have half a new team compared to last year, so there'll always be difficulties with team chemistry, but we have been improving a lot."

One thing the Brumbies do have on their side is the experience of Wallaroo Louise Burrows.

"She's definitely a role model for a lot of girls and she's always fun to play with," Wilton said. 

"She's good value as she helps out any players that have questions or are lacking confidence.

"She's very loud on the field and at training so that comes across well."

The Brumbies next play the Melbourne Rebels on Sunday, March 3 at Seiffert Oval.

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