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Wests Tigers women produce statement win in season opener

Wests Tigers Harvey Norman NSW Women's Premiership have produced a statement victory over Cabramatta in their opening game of the season — running out comprehensive 54-4 winners.

With a number of club debutants included in Neil Stanley's side, Wests Tigers raced out of the blocks to lead 28-0 at the break and didn't look back, scoring ten tries to one in the 50-point win to put them top of the ladder after the opening round.

Playing in her first game for Wests Tigers, Maori All Stars representative Page McGregor crossed for the first try of each half while Taylor Osborne also bagged a first half-double that had the visitors well in front early on.

Captain Botille Vette-Welsh continued her good form in 2020 with a try herself in each half, contributing to several others as Wests Tigers piled on the points.

Amira Hamid bagged the home side's only try of the game after 60 minutes in just reward for her side's continued effort but it did little to change the result. Debutant Josephine Lenaz made it a day to remember with a second half double while Emily Curtain landed seven of her ten conversion attempts for an 18-point tally.

With Kiwi representative playmaker Raecene McGregor still to come back into the side, Wests Tigers will look to continue their good start to the season next Sunday when they take on the North Sydney Bears at TG Millner Field.

Wests Tigers 54 (McGregor 2, Vette-Welsh 2, Osborne 2, Lenaz 2, Fekeila, E.Curtain tries; E.Curtain 7/10 goals) def. Cabramatta 4 (Hamid tries; Karam 0/1 goals) at New Era Stadium

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Cabramatta is number 1 Diana Mousselamani
    Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Botille Vette-Welsh
  • Winger for Cabramatta is number 2 Annique OMODIAGBE
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 Rebecca POLLARD
  • Centre for Cabramatta is number 3 amira hamid
    Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Josephine Lenaz
  • Centre for Cabramatta is number 4 Mele LOKO
    Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Page McGregor
  • Winger for Cabramatta is number 5 Safa Laalaa
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Ana Fekeila
  • Five-Eighth for Cabramatta is number 21 Jada Karam
    Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Shekinah Edwards
  • Halfback for Cabramatta is number 7 Guilhermina El Mir
    Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Emily Curtain

Forwards

  • Prop for Cabramatta is number 10 Elisapeta Taufaao
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 Awhina Akuhata
  • Hooker for Cabramatta is number 9 Sarah Chahine
    Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Tyler Pelligra
  • Prop for Cabramatta is number 22 Natalie Bainou
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 22 Najvada George
  • 2nd Row for Cabramatta is number 11 Carly Drury
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Taylor Osborne
  • 2nd Row for Cabramatta is number 12 Naomi De Bruine
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Jasmine Lepua
  • Lock for Cabramatta is number 13 Brooke DAVIS
    Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Sophie Curtain

Interchange

  • Interchange for Cabramatta is number 14 Natisha FORSYTH-TULE
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Jaysharna-Jean Houia
  • Interchange for Cabramatta is number 20 Seraia Yasa
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Mereana McManus-Ta'ase
  • Interchange for Cabramatta is number 23 Ashley Blackmore
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Sarah BOYLE
  • Interchange for Cabramatta is number 27 Jenna CARROLL
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 18 Ashlee MAKIM

Reserves

  • Reserve for Wests Tigers is number 19 Rachel Simpson

Match Officials

  • Referee: Paul Eden
  • Touch Judge: Hayden Hooker
  • Touch Judge: Mitchell Lothian

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