CROSS' CALL | Women's Interstate Challenge side overview

NSW Harvey Norman Women's Interstate Challenge coach Ben Cross runs the eye over his squad ahead of Sunday's clash with the Maroons - see below a player-by-player account, an insight into who's set to star for the State at the weekend.

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1.    Samantha Bremner – Sam has immense speed, and a great ability to get between defenders and quality support play. Sam’s defence positioning is very good.

 

2.    Jessica Sergis –  The debutant has size and athleticism, good overhead catches of the ball, so a good target to kick to. Jessica is strong in contact in defence, and has a great work-rate.

 

3.    Corban McGregor –  Corban has a freakish ability to skip to the outside of a defender. She is a strong dummy half runner, and gets our sets started well, and works in well with her winger in defence.

 

4.    Isabelle Kelly Isabelle has strong dummy half carries start off our sets well, a strong straight-line runner. Good ball-and-all defender that gets in tight to the attacker.

 

5.    Nakia Davis-Welsh –  Has the ability to evade defenders well with speed, can find a hole in the defence line. Good positioning in defence and plenty of effort on kick chase.

 

6.    Caitlin Moran –  Boasts agility and speed with a strong running game – and as a half that’s a massive threat first, ball-player second. Strong kick chase and will scramble hard in defence for the team.

 

7.    Maddie Studdon Great organization skills and communication to her players, smart kicking game, will follow a plan. Has a terrific combo with Kezie Apps, with short passes leading her onto the opposition halves.

 

8.    Ruan Sims –  Leader with actions, strong ball carrier and front on defender that will plug the holes in the middle of the field. Never lets anyone down.

 

9.    Rebecca Riley –  A clever player, quality ball off the ground to forwards and halves, knows when to run out of dummy half when a marker is down. Always puts her body on the line in defence.

 

10. Elianna Walton –  Brave player. Our mongrel in the team, leads our aggression levels to bash the opponents both in attack and defence.

 

11. Kezie Apps –  Tough as nails, runs a great hole-line and threatens the opposition on every play. Doubles as a body guard for her halfback in defence and chases hard on kicks downfield.

 

12. Talesha Quinn –  Athletic big ball runner, a body guard for her inside half. Excellent at staying square in the line, and strong in defence.

 

13. Simaima Taufa –  Powerful ball carrier, targets spaces looking for the gap – not the player. Strong in defence, a tireless worker.

 

14. Lavina Phillips –  A clever, and versatile player. Can cover 6, 7 and 9 if need be. Always a threat close to the try line, aggressive in defence and will always turn up for her teammates.

 

15. Rebecca Young – A tireless worker for the team, strong carries solid middle defence, ‘owns’ the ‘A and B’ marker area of the field. Has an ability to unload a deft pass short to her fellow forwards.

 

16. Ruby Ewe – A powerful ball runner and aggressive defender, will do what’s asked of her. A genuine ‘team player.’

 

17. Vanessa Foliaki –  Edge and a middle threat, good leg speed and power, Vanessa is a very smart player. Confident in defence with an aggressive attitude.

 

18. Jasmin Allende –  Strong carries in the middle and smart defender there too. Good at filling the space and keeps a solid middle defence line.

 

The Ben Cross-coached NSW side face Queensland in this Sunday’s Harvey Norman Women’s Interstate Challenge. Don’t miss a minute of the action – click here for more.