Melbourne Rebels Super W Co-Captain Meretiana Robinson says the women’s side will be out to finish their season on a positive note against the NSW Waratahs Women’s side on Sunday.
In what will be the Melburnians’ final match of the season, the Rebels will come up against a Waratahs side who will be looking to claim top spot and secure a direct entry into the Super W Grand Final.
While the task against NSW may seem intimidating, Robinson is adamant that the team will be out to make sure their final game of 2019 is a strong reflection of what Melbourne’s Super W side stands for.
“We want to prove to ourselves that we actually can go out there and play rugby,” Robinson said.
“For this season, it’s important for us to finish strong and it’ll go with something we have in our team which is inspire today, inspire tomorrow and legacy forever.
“The performance we put out on Sunday is the performance we are going to be remembered for, so we want to leave a legacy that we’ll be proud about on Sunday.”
The Rebels are coming off a bye, which came after the side’s much improved performance against the Rugby WA Women’s side in Round 3.
While the bye may have stifled the momentum gained in that match, Robinson says the week off has allowed the team to continually work on facets of their game which need improving.
“I think the bye works in both ways,” she said.
“There are still things that need to come together, but the general sense was our defensive game was a lot more solid and I guess it would have been good to have a game the following week to keep up that momentum.
“On the other hand, the break was good because it gave us a chance to focus on the little areas that are still letting us down.”
The Melburnians’ defensive game will need to be strong against a NSW side which remains undefeated in 2019.
However, rather than overanalysing the Waratahs’ strength and weaknesses, Robinson says the focus for Melbourne has been to concentrate on their own game.
“I don’t think it’s about putting them on a pedestal and analysing them too much,” she said.
“I think at the end of the day, it’s about concentrating about how we play our rugby, what we need to do and fine tuning all the little areas that let us down last game, but also continuing all those little positive things as well.”