Brumbies Women defeat Melbourne Rebels at Seiffert Oval

On Sunday afternoon, the ACT Brumbies Women took to Seiffert Oval to play against the Melbourne Rebels in the Super W.

Good run: Queanbeyan local Remi Wilton is all smiles as she crosses for her first try of the match against the Rebels on Sunday. Photo: Zac Lowe.

Good run: Queanbeyan local Remi Wilton is all smiles as she crosses for her first try of the match against the Rebels on Sunday. Photo: Zac Lowe.

Many in the team were expecting a tough match from the Rebels, and the eventual scoreline of 69-0 did not do justice to the ferocity of the competition on the field.

Queanbeyan local Remi Wilton was a star on the field for the Brumbies, with two tries, 106 metres gained, 11 carries and two clean breaks.

Sunday's match was Wilton's first in Queanbeyan for the Brumbies, and she said that it was a huge boost to have a home crowd at her back.

"It's awesome to come back to your roots and have a run around with the girls," she said.

"It's always good to have the crowd behind you, they always lift the team a lot."

The scoreline, Wilton said, did not fairly reflect the toughness of the play, and added that the score "did not do them justice".

"They were coming off a pretty hard loss last week, and we knew they'd come out firing, and they definitely did not disappoint. They were a tough clash."

The Brumbies took the lead early in the match, with a try to Tayla Stanford in the sixth minute, which then opened the floodgates as they poured on 10 more tries before the match finished. 

The primary difference between the two sides looked to be experience. The Brumbies' skills were cleaner, their passing more accurate, their mauling more effective, and their rucking more compact and determined.

Brumbies head coach Adam Butts was pleased with his side's performance, but also acknowledged that there were "things to work on".

"There's positives and negatives to every game we play.

"We talked about dominating the game, and if you dominate the game, the holes [in defence] will open, and it's simple rugby from there on. 

"To the Rebels' credit, they shut us down in the second half, we didn't quite manage to attack that game line as much as we'd like, but most of the time, simple rugby worked well."

Although the scoreline was emphatic, Butt said that there were still areas for the Brumbies to improve on ahead of their next clash against Queensland on March 16.

"It's execution. We're still a young side, and we have inexperienced players and we have experienced players. It's just combinations, putting them together and executing our plays and we'll go from there."

One of the most positive aspects of the match for the Brumbies will be the level of support shown by the locals. Fans of both teams made their way to the oval for the game, and after the match was over, players were inundated by supporters of all ages who were seeking autographs and pictures.

The Brumbies will next take the field at Ballymore Stadium on March 16 from 6.00pm against the Queensland Women.

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