DEVASTATING defence laid the foundation for the Gladstone Raidettes women to put in yet another commanding shift at Marley Brown Oval on Saturday afternoon.
Running out 42-6 victors against a Cherbourg Hornettes side shell-shocked by the physicality of the locals, Gladstone's halves Marlane Davies and Boo Wall were outstanding, capitalising on the space created by a rampant forward pack led once again by prop Trish Pengelly.
Wall's defence was a feature of the match, the diminutive five-eighth repeatedly coming out of the line to crunch her opponents, who were in the game at half-time with the scores at 14-6.
The halves pair complemented each other perfectly, with Davies' precision passing game and experience leading to a number of flowing backline movements resulting in tries.
Winning the battle of the middle, the last three tries of the match were sensational displays of multi-phase offloads and excellent support play, leaving coach Glenn Butcher a very happy man after the game.
"The game plan was to not give them (Cherbourg) any latitude and they (the Raidettes) definitely did that. We stopped them in their tracks," Butcher said.
"There were some good tries in there and the girls are really starting to get it together ... there were some good passes and some good push up in support."
Wall said the Raidettes' defensive effort on Saturday had been a matter of necessity against a tough Cherbourg outfit.
"We were just doing what we had to do today," Wall said.
- Gladstone Raidettes 42 def Cherbourg Hornettes 6
- Half-time: Gladstone led 14-6
- First try scorer: Bianca Ford; last try scorer: Marlane Davies