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Vipers working towards strong finish in WWRL

The Orange Vipers will look to solidify a top-two position on the Western Women's Rugby League (WWRL) ladder and earn the right to host a semi-final in the coming weeks.

Currently in second position, with three wins from four appearances, the Vipers need to beat Woodbridge in Round Six and Mudgee in Round Seven and win well in both games. That would hold off the third-placed Wiradjuri Goannas and fourth-placed Woodbridge.

"I think top spot is probably out of the question and we would have to win big to push for first, but we should cement second spot with a couple of wins," Vipers coach Ryan Prevett said.

"For us, we're still not playing our best footy, and hopefully, over the next two weeks, we can work on our ball control and build into finals."

The Orange-based outfit can consider themselves a little unlucky not to be in top spot having gone down to the Wiradjuri Goannas 24-22 in their season opener.

That loss kicked them into gear with the side led by Holly Jones, Jorja Lees, Ella Barrett, and up-and-coming star Georgie Barrett going on to defeat reigning premiers Panorama Platypi 32-26, Lachlan District 40-14, and the Castlereagh Cougars 28-26.

All photos: Vipers Women's Rugby League Club
All photos: Vipers Women's Rugby League Club

"We should have won against Panorama. In fact we were up by 12, and we turned over some cheap ball, and they got back into it when we shouldn't have let them," Prevett said.

"It was a good win over Lachlan District, and we were probably lucky to win over Castlereagh. We did go out to Coonamble with depleted numbers, but we did enough to win.

"Still, it all comes back to ball control and discipline, and I think we need to be a bit more ruthless, and when we do find the front, we need to stop getting into that tit-for-tat and letting teams back into games."

Playing at Pride Park on Saturday, the Vipers host a Woodbridge outfit fighting for their season and a position inside the all-important WWRL top-four.

"We've got a pretty good nucleus of girls that have played for a few years, and that's starting to show, and I've been using a few girls out of under-18s," Prevett said.

The Vipers field teams in all five WWRL competitions, and four of them are in the box seat to finish in the top-two.

Their unbeaten Under 12s look set to claim the Minor Premiership, and their Under 16s and Under 18s have both won three from four and can still push for top spot in the final two rounds.

"There is definitely momentum building with the club," Prevett said.

"For us in the Open’s we're going well, and across all grades, there are good numbers and some really good coaches."

Round Six of the WWRL will be do-or-die for teams fighting for a position in the top-four. Other scheduled games have the Wiradjuri Goannas host the Mudgee Dragons in Wellington on Saturday.

On Sunday, the action heads to Bathurst, with the Panorama Platypi taking on the visiting Lachlan District at Jack Arrow Sporting Complex.

Click here for WWRL results, stats, ladder.

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