Mounties and Jillaroos rugby league star Simaima Taufa said she will leave no stone unturned as she races the clock to be fit for the Women’s State of Origin on Friday, June 22 at North Sydney Oval.
Taufa was a late withdrawal from the NSW City team that lost 16-12 to NSW Country in the National Championships final at Owen Park on the Gold Coast on Sunday.
The City squad still contained four Mounties players – Patricia Raikadroka, Jackie-Anne Tahu, Karol-Ann Tanevesi and Sharnita Woodman – which was a reward for the team’s great start to the NSW Women’s Premiership which has them sitting in second place.
Taufa, who last year won the NSW State Player of the Year award, suffered a hip flexor injury in Mounties 28-14 win against Cabramatta last week.
“I’m doing all the right rehab and they said it was a three week injury so I’m confident I will be right to play,” she said.
“I know it’s a cliche, but there are literally no words to describe pulling on that Blues jersey. The rich history that is behind it and the pride of knowing all the hard work and sacrifices have been worth it.”
Taufa said it was great to see her Mounties teammates recognised for their good form ahead of the inaugural women’s NRL competition in September.
“Karol represented Cook Islands in the World Cup last year and has been playing strong in the front row and Sharnita is a former rugby union and league player for New Zealand who can play anywhere in the forwards,” she said.
“Patricia is a elusive and fast winger and Jackie can play in the halves or the second row.”
Tahu scored for NSW City in their 24-2 win over the Combined Affiliated States. They then defeated Queensland Country 26-0 on day two to set up an all-NSW final.
With the scores locked 8-8 at half time, it was Jillaroo and player of the tournament Sammy Bremner who delivered NSW Country the title with a strong second half.
- This Saturday Mounties plays North Sydney at North Sydney Oval. Kick-off: 3pm.