The Wellington Pride will be playing in the Women’s Farah Palmer Cup Premiership division in 2019 after a home win in the Championship final over Otago Spirit at Jerry Collins Stadium on Saturday.
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The Pride won the final 57-5, outscoring their southern opponents nine tries to one.
Fullback Timena Tuma’ai and right wing Monica Tagoai both scored braces, while props Angel Uila, Janet Taumoli and Dora Laupola (off the bench) scored one each, as did captain and No. 8 Jackie Patea-Fereti and lock Joanah Ngan-Woo. Second five-eighth Amanda Rasch shrugged off a hamstring injury from last weekend’s 33-7 semi-final win over North Harbour to kick six from nine conversions.
As they had against most of their opponents this season, the Pride had too much power and size for Otago, who were plucky and played well in patches but were ultimately overmatched by the physicality of the Pride pack.
The Pride finish the season having won six of their seven games, after losing in their opening match to Hawke’s Bay. They were the only side to lower Canterbury’s colours, with the defending champions routing Counties-Manukau 52-29 to claim back-to-back Premiership titles.
Along the way, the Pride established two record scores, beating Tasman 88-3 and then toppling that with a 118-0 win over Taranaki.
The Pride also established a new Women’s FPC season points scoring record, tallying 449 season points. The Pride scored 69 tries this season in their seven games.