CHIEFS MANAWA IN NO MOOD TO RELINQUISH TITLE

Last year’s Super Rugby Aupiki champions got off to an impressive start to their Super women’s rugby championship last weekend with a resounding come from behind 53-21 win over Hurricanes Poua at Levin

Chiefs Manawa head coach Crystal Kaua

The result was a great start to Chiefs Manawa new head coach Crystal Kaua who took over the reigns this year following Allan Bunting’s appointment as Black Ferns coach

Kaua was an assistant coach last year and has benefitted from being mentored by one of the greatest coaches of all time, Wayne Smith and she very kindly joined us on AbsolutelyFamous this week for a chat.

 

Luka Connor leads from the front ..

Last weekend’s performance was a real statement, particularly from an impressive forward pack led by a brilliant three try performance from Black Ferns hooker Luka Connor. 

The Chief’s Manawa scrum frog-marched the hapless Hurricanes Poua eight backwards at will although it took a while for that superiority to transfer to the scoreboard. 

Hurricanes You scored some cracking tries shooting out to a 21-5 lead at one stage but once the visitors gained control there was only going to be one result. Connor’s fellow Black Ferns stars, skipper Kennedy Simon, Chelsea Bremner and powerhouse prop Tanya Kalounivale wrecked havoc in an impressive display.

The performance and result came despite last years champs losing almost their entire Black Ferns laden backline and only having been together for less than a fortnight.

An attacking rugby philosophy is evident in women's rugby

Crystal is expecting her side to only get better but is also expecting likewise from the Blues when they clash in Auckland on Saturday

The Blues came desperately close to running down Matatu at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin, a late try getting them within two points, the southerners prevailing 33-31in a real thriller.

 

The Chiefs Manawa perform their team haka

Listen to my (John Alexander) interview with Crystal Kaua where she reviews last week’s performance and talks about other issues as women’s rugby in New Zealand is set to enjoy a massive boost in playing numbers on the back of the hugely successful World Cup.

Interview & Story by John Alexander | Supporting Images sourced by Absolutely Famous.

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