Sydney University Women’s Rugby Club claimed the 2018 Jack Scott Cup in emphatic fashion, with a 38-17 victory over the Warringah Ratettes. Sydney Uni went through the entire season undefeated, claiming the minor premiership with an average winning margin of 40 points.
Featuring a number of Wallaroos returning from international duties, the stage was set for a fantastic match.
In warm conditions on the picturesque Woollahra Oval, it was a tough, gritty game from the beginning. With both teams held scoreless until mid-way through the first half, Ash Hewson put Sydney Uni on the board first through a penalty conversion. Warringah’s Brittany Duff evened up the score to 3-3, before Kim Davey and Ash Hewson scored tries late in the first half. Both tries were converted by Hewson and Sydney Uni took a comfortable 17-3 lead into the half time break.
Warringah, howver would not go donw without a fight and Shanice Parker got the reigning premiers on the board early in the second half. With a score line of 17-10 after 48 minutes of play, this would be as close as the Ratettes would get. Sydney Uni bagged the next three tries, with Iliseva Batibasaga, Grace Hamilton and Claudia Bell all crashing over to put the game well out of reach. Hewson converted all three to extend the Lionesses lead to 38-10 with 10 minutes of the match remaining.
Shanice Parker crossed for Warringah’s second try of the day in the 76th minute, but it was too little too late as Sydney Uni made up for last year’s defeat with a sweet 38-17 victory.
Sydney Uni’s Tasmin Sheppard was named MVP of the match, following a strong performance in the front row