Woodville embrace "underdog" tag ahead as Souths loom large

Thu, Sep 14, 2023, 5:30 AM
Rugby Union SA
by Rugby Union SA

Woodville will draw inspiration from 150-game hero Abby Chitty and the club's Under 14s premiership success ahead of a maiden senior grand final appearance this Saturday.

The Wasps took the long road to a grand final berth, falling 41-19 to Southern Suburbs before bouncing back with a 40-17 win over Adelaide University in last week's preliminary final.

Coach Paul Smith is under no illusions about his side's underdog status against an unbeaten Souths outfit but says there's no shortage of motivation - and no reason they can't spring an upset.

"This is the first time our Woodville ladies have ever made a grand final and it's a massive achievement off the back of Abby Chitty bringing up 150 club games last week," Smith said.

“She’s been our most prolific player and our first player-life member so first a huge congratulations to her, but yes we’re ready and willing for a grand final.

“We’re probably the underdogs against Souths – there’s quite a lot of work for us to do against an immense team full of wonderful rugby IQ.

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"Souths are a team we respect and will be tough to beat but that’s not to say it can’t be done.

“After all, our u14s took a great win against Brighton in the final and they’d been undefeated all season.

“So yes, nervy times and a lot of hard work ahead, but we’re very excited.”

Defeating Souths would rank among one of the great grand final upsets with Emma Yates’ side on a 15-game unbeaten streak this season

However RUSA’s 2023 coach of the year remains wary of the threat posed by Wasps, telling RUSA: "We never assume anything in games like this and on paper Woodville have more girls in the state side, so we know what they’re capable of."

Women's Grand Final (Souths v Woodville) kicks off 11:50am @ Southern Suburbs

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