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Rubys stun NSW City to win under 19s title

Queensland Rubys secured the under 19s title. ©Jason O'Brien/NRL Photo
Queensland Rubys secured the under 19s title. ©Jason O'Brien/NRL Photos

Rubys stun NSW City to win under 19s title

Author : Alicia Newton NRLW Chief Reporter

Rubys stun NSW City to win under 19s title

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The Queensland Rubys are the under 19s champions after beating NSW City 10-4 in the Harvey Norman National Championships final on Sunday.

In a tense contest, the Rubys led 6-0 at half-time courtesy of a try through five-eighth Ellie Williamson before the Queenslanders defended their way to victory against a fast-finishing NSW City side at Pizzey Park.

After three days of gruelling rugby league, the Rubys repelled three City raids in the second half which included a try-saving intercept from winger Helen Uitualagi.

Williamson finished as the Tahnee Norris medal winner for player of the tournament and is all but certain to represent Queensland in the under 19s State of Origin clash on June 23.

Match: NSW City v QLD Rubys

NSW City 4 – 10 QLD Rubies
Venue : Pizzey Park, Gold Coast

“It’s just been a great week spending time with all the girls and learning about each other and bonding,” Williamson told NRL.com.

“To be able to play Origin would be amazing, I hope I can make it. It would be an exciting opportunity.

“Hopefully I can play in it and then aim for an NRLW contract in the near future.

“That’s what I like about this tournament, to watch all the girls be able to show what they can do.”

Tahnee Norris with player of the under 19s tournament Ellie Williamson. ©Jason O’Brien/NRL Photos

Earlier, play was stopped for almost a half an hour due to a serious ankle injury to NSW City interchange player Sienna Williams, who was taken from the ground via ambulance.

A try to Williamson in the first half set up a six-point lead before a 20-metre cut-out pass from Chantay Ratu sent Tahlia Marshall over late to seal the result.

NSW City hit back through Rueben Cherrington with seconds left on the clock but the Rubys held their nerve with a last-second defensive play handing them the win.

NSW Country beat the Sapphires on day four. ©Jason O'Brien/NRL Photo

NSW City NSW Country beat the Sapphires on day four. ©Jason O’Brien/NRL Photos

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