The Australian Women’s Rugby League team, the Jillaroos, completed a successful tour of Samoa with a 42-14 victory over Fetu Samoa before a vocal crowd of 1,000 at Apia International Stadium at the weekend.
Hooker Natalie Dwyer claimed the Players’ Player award on Saturday while halfback and captain Karyn Murphy was named Most Influential Player by her team-mates for the second game running.
The majority of Australia’s tries came from impressive backline movements while Fetu Samoa scored from kick returns and capitalised on Australian errors.
Tahnee Norris was also impressive in her workload and performance in the lock position.
The Auckland-based Fetu Samoa includes eight former Kiwi Ferns with experience in both codes of Rugby Union and League with ages ranging from 19 years to 41 years.
In the lead-up to the Test the Jillaroos beat Samoa’s Patron’s XIII 20-16 in a very physical encounter in extremely warm and challenging conditions at Marist College Stadium, Lotopa, on Wednesday.
Forward Heather Ballinger received the Player’s Player award following an outstanding performance.
The Jillaroos will next gather on the Gold Coast in October before their Test Match against the New Zealand Silver Ferns on October 15.
Jilaroos Try Scorers:
Tui Cope, Ali Brigginshaw, Tegan Rolfe, Jess Palmer (2), Lisa Fiaola, Suzanne Johnson, Stephanie Hancock.
Natalie Dwyer (2), Stephanie Hancock (3).