Several new faces took to the field for the Queensland Women’s XV rugby union team in their round two Super W Clash on Saturday. In the front row, Brothers prop Toa Filimoehala made her Super W starting debut at tight-head, while captain Kirby Sefo moved from flanker to lock. Ivy Kaleta also made her Super W starting debut, moving comfortably into the back row. In the backline, University of Queensland stalwart Asako Ono kicked off her first start of the Super W campaign at scrumhalf, and Alysia Lefau-Fakaosilea moved to outside centre.
The XV side played against the Brumbies Women in Canberra on Saturday, March 17, at GIO Stadium. After losing to NSW in their opening encounter at Suncorp Stadium last weekend, Head Coash Michael Hayes made the five changes to his starting XV. Head coach Michael Hayes was satisfied the changes would improve on the weaknesses identified in last week’s performance.
“One key thing we needed to improve was our physical presence around the field, and we’ve adjusted both our starting forward pack and reserves accordingly, bringing some players into the side who we believe can influence that area of the game. We’ve also made some changes in the backline as we continue to build combinations between players. “We’ve got a tough challenge ahead of us in the Brumbies. They had the bye in Round 1 and will be fresh coming into this match. We can expect them to have a strong set-piece and we’ve worked hard to prepare for that at training this week. “After last week’s loss the team are hungry to get our Super W campaign back on track and are determined heading into our Round 2 clash this weekend.”
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