• Unbeaten Taratech win Women's Rugby Championship

Unbeaten Taratech win Women's Rugby Championship

With an eight-win, no-loss record Taratech started as favourites heading into the Hawke's Bay Women's Rugby Championship final held at Whitmore Park yesterday morning. 

By the end of the 80 minutes, it was clear to see why they were, with a 38-7 win against the Hastings Rugby & Sports Club.

Here's a run-down of the match from Hawke's Bay Rugby Union.   

Stand out player for Taratech yesterday and for the season has been Teilah Ferguson. With fast footwork, an ability to consistently break line, and a constant threat on defence, she is a player to watch out for in the future.

Also, promising lock Leah Tuhi has been outstanding all season. Hungry for the ball on attack with strong ball carries, great in the air at line out time and was notable around the field on defence.

Speedster on the left-wing Monique Thomson showed that put her into space and she will pin her ears back to the try line. Chanel and Davina Atkin combined well in the loose forwards with awesome work rates around the park to make tackles and steal ball.

A welcomed return to HB after playing for Otago Spirit in 2021, hooker Amber Mackenzie was on point with her line-out throws and ran strongly on the edges.

HRS can keep their heads held high with many youngsters in their mix. Led by a youthful Amelia Pasikala who has been solid all season. Playing at number 8, she was always a threat with the ball in hand. However, ill-discipline led to a yellow card in the second spell and with it, HRS' chance of a come back in the second half.

Lock Nina Pineaha and prop Mel Te Whaiti were consistent in their work rate and presence on the field but were not able to disrupt the solid Taratech line-out.

We look forward to seeing some of these names in the mix for the Hawkes Bay Tui 2022 FPC squad, which will be announced this week.