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Ferocious hits and superb tries, but it was the experience of the Women's World All Stars team that was too much for the Women's Indigenous All Stars.
Sarah Leach

14 Feb 2016 - 2:34 PM  UPDATED 15 Feb 2016 - 12:03 PM

The World All Stars toppled over the Indigenous All Stars 24-4 at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday.

“That’s the pinnacle, playing at Suncorp. It’s the best ground in the world,” Steph Handcock, captain of the World All Stars team said on Sunday.

Six players from the Indigenous team made their debut in the All Stars clash and Hancock says the experience was huge for the fresh faces; they had the chance to step onto the infamous ground.

WHAT A HIT! Emma-Marie Young totally flattens Australian Jillaroos captain Steph Hancock in yesterday's All-Stars NRL - National Rugby League game.

Posted by SBS Zela on Saturday, 13 February 2016

“The girls that made their debut yesterday, I think they were a bit star struck with Suncorp Stadium and how good a stadium at actually is, how close the people are,” Handcock said.

“The game means a lot to the indigenous girls, that’s what the weeks about,” she added.

But the World All Stars team was too good on Sunday as they made their mark early in an opening quarter onslaught.

“The first 15 minutes we attacked down the middle a lot, we tired out their forwards a bit then we capitalised on throwing the ball wide and Chelsea made a break,” Hancock said.

Winger Chelsea Baker’s break was a blistering run through the Indigenous team to score a brilliant 70-metre try. Prop Heather Ballinger also scored in the opening quarter.

By half-time the World All Stars were ahead 10-0 and the lead bled out to 20-0 in the third quarter thanks to tries form Shanice Parker and full-back Sam Bremner.

The Indigenous side answered with a display of cohesive teamwork, and finished off by Elizabeth Cook-Black scoring in the corner from two sublime off-loads.

The player of the match was World All Stars halfback Maddie Studdon who controlled her team superbly.

The best of the Indigenous team was exciting half Simone Smith, who made several line breaks with light feet that her team failed to capitalise on.

Steph Handcock put the win down to experience.

“I thought we worked well as a team yesterday, a lot of big hits, it was a good win.” She said. “I think it was that we have played a lot of footy together, a few of us in that All Stars side, and the Indigenous side have just come together,” Hancock said.

“They’re probably not as used to playing with each other as we are so I think that was the big difference”.

Women's Indigenous captain Tellisha Harden was proud of her team.

"We were a bit disappointed, but everyone loved it," Harden said. "Some of the girls have never played at a stadium like that before so the girls loved it." 


Relive all the tries from the weekend's NRL - National Rugby League All Stars game. Plenty of Australian Jillaroos in action for both sides.Footage courtesy of NITV.

Posted by SBS Zela on Sunday, 14 February 2016