Wests Tigers women have overcome a slow start to down the South Sydney Rabbitohs 34-18 in their Round 12 Harvey Norman NSW Women's Premiership clash tonight at Bankwest Stadium.
Trailing 12-0 inside the opening six minutes, Wests Tigers found their attacking groove last in the first half to draw level with the visitors at the break before flexing their dominance in the second half to emerge with a 16-point win.
Sophie Curtain marked her return to the side with her side's first four-pointer after 28 minutes while Botille Vette-Welsh produced arguably the try of the night as she capped off a clever left edge raid to put the game beyond doubt late on.
Coach Neil Stanley will be happy with the determination and commitment shown by his side in slippery conditions; three tries in the space of ten minutes to Jasmine Lepua, Jaysharna-Jean Houia and Rebecca Pollard proving pivotal in the clash.
Akira Kelly's second try for South Sydney gave the visitors a glimmer of hope with 10 minutes to play but there was no slipping up for Wests Tigers, as they moved back into the top four ahead of next week's clash against Glebe at Leichhardt.
Wests Tigers 34 (S.Curtain, Lepua, Jean Houia, Pollard, Vette-Welsh, Osborne tries; E.Curtain 5/6 goals) def. South Sydney Rabbitohs 18 (Kelly 2, Johnston tries; Kelly 3/3 goals) at Bankwest Stadium
Match: Wests Tigers v Rabbitohs
Round 12 -
Venue: Bankwest Stadium, Sydney