Mounties have defeated the South Sydney Rabbitohs 30-8 in round 16 of the NSWRL Harvey Norman Women’s Premiership off the back of a masterclass by five-eighth Taliah Fuimaono.
Mounties received a penalty in just the second set of the game after some ill-discipline from Souths. This put them in great stead for the first attacking opportunity of the game, and they took full advantage with a try to Jade Grant in the right corner off the back of some enterprising play through the middle of the field from halfback Matilda Power and hooker Talia Lealaiaiuloto.
The Rabbitohs would have some good field position of their own but failed to capitalise due to some crucial errors at crucial times. Several attacking kicks went dead late in the set giving Mounties the luxury of 7-tackle sets to assist them in their march up-field.
Mounties scored again in the 15th minute through Fuimaono, who split the Rabbitohs open in the middle and beat three defenders to score next to the posts.
Fuimaono was instrumental in the next try too, putting Souths on the back foot with another break through the middle. Mounties were able to score on the next play with a cut-out ball to winger Monique Donovan, who cut back infield to score, beating 5 would-be tacklers in the process.
Souths received some good ball late in the half off the back of a 40/30 kick, but were unable to capitalise as more errors crept into their game, leaving the scores at 16-0 going into the halftime break.
Souths received plenty of possession early in the second half off the back of penalties and errors by Mounties. They were unable to crack the Mounties defence for several sets, before a short-side raid down the left by five-eighth Lavina O’Mealey lead to a try to Emily Young, getting the Rabbitohs back into the game.
A break from Mounties’ left back-rower Kaitlyn Phillips got them into the attacking part of the field. The ball went back to the right passing through the hands of Grant and Donovan, before Janelle Williams finished off the movement crashing over in the corner after several offloads keeping the ball alive.
Things were beginning to look ominous for the Rabbitohs as Mounties kept marching up-field with ease. Phillips was next to score in the 45th minute running off a great short ball from Fuimaono.
Monique Donovan then scored her second try of the game after pouncing on a Brittany Cole grubber in the in-goal putting the scores out to 30-4.
The Rabbitohs scored a consolation try to Emily Young in the final minute of play, leaving the scores at 30-8 on fulltime after an unsuccessful conversion by Akira Kelly, leaving the Rabbitohs to lick their wounds after another defeat.
Mounties 30 (Monique Donovan 2, Talia Lealaiaiuloto, Taliah Fuimaono, Janelle Williams, Kaitlyn Phillips tries; Brydie Parker 3 goals)
Defeated South Sydney Rabbitohs 8 (Emily Young 2 tries)