Rueben Cherrington was doing the damage in the middle of the field, while her Sharks Harvey Norman Women’s Premiership teammate Andie Robinson was taking advantage out wide, crossing for three tries as the NSW Women’s Under-19’s scored a convincing 22-6 win over Queensland.
Robinson was amongst the stars for the NSW side, scoring the first try of the match, then two more in the second half as the Blues turned a narrow 8-6 half time lead into a five tries to one victory.
With Sharks Cherrington, Robinson and front rower Monalisa Soliola in the NSW side, the Blues, led by a player of the match performance from Roosters fullback Jada Taylor, ran away with the game late to retain the Origin trophy they claimed 12 months ago.
It took just four minutes for NSW to post first points, Robinson receiving early ball before beating her opposite number then swerving around the Maroons fullback to slide over adjacent to the posts.
Queensland would respond, a try and conversion putting them ahead 6-4, before a four-pointer from Taylor after a determined effort from close range sent the Blues to the break two-points in front.
Two more Robinson tries, the centre capitalising on smart lead up work, saw the NSW team assert their authority, before a spectacular 100-metre effort from Taylor, where she collected a grubber kick from her own in-goal then dashed the length of the field to score, put the result beyond doubt.
While Robinson and Taylor deservedly received the accolades for their try-scoring exploits, Cherrington was also amongst the best for the Blues, her work out of dummy half continually asking questions of the opposition defense.
The only negative from the NSW win related to Sharks HNWP front rower Soliola who had to assisted from the field after receiving a head knock late in the contest.
Women’s 19’s Origin
Andie Robinson 3, Jada Taylor 2 tries, Reuben Cherrington goal
Jada Ferguson try, Chantay Kiria-Ratu goal