Wests Tigers Harvey Norman NSW Women's Premiership side have proven too good for Wentworthville in their Elimination Final today at Campbelltown, running out 28-12 winners.
Having gone down to the Magpies in their final game of the regular season, Wests Tigers trailed early but showed too much class in attack for their opponents — booking their spot in the second week of the finals where they will face the loser of the Preliminary Final between the North Sydney Bears and CRL Newcastle.
The win marks a fantastic milestone for the club, with the fixture the first finals match ever played by the club in the Harvey Norman NSW Women's Premiership.
Wests Tigers found themselves behind early as Martha Fua crossed after 13 minutes, but quickly hit back through Jessie Wharepouri before extending their dominance to a 10-4 lead at the break through Najvada George.
Montana Fonua hit back for Wentworthville to reduce the hosts' lead to just two points, but two tries in the space of four minutes to Charmayne Nathan and Lakeisha Tipene — as well as some sharp goal-kicking from Emily Curtain — blew the game wide open and saw Wests Tigers lead comfortably by 14 points.
Wentworthville continued to try hard and crossed for their third try through Teina Clark with eight minutes remaining but it would simply be too little too late.
Captain Botille Vette-Welsh put the exclamation mark on a wonderful morning for Wests Tigers with her side's fifth try with five minutes remaining, with Curtain landing her fourth conversion of the day to ensure a 28-12 win for the home side.
Wests Tigers 28 (Wharepouri, George, Nathan, Tipene, Vette-Welsh tries; Curtain 4/5 goals) def. Wentworthville Magpies 12 (Fua, Fonua, Clark tries)
Match: Wests Tigers v Magpies
Finals Week 1 -
Venue: Campbelltown Stadium