Western five-eighth Britt Naden believes the Rams will taken plenty out of their women's country championship opener against a tough, classy Monaro at Parkes on Sunday.
The Rams went down 30-6 against the Colts but showed flashes of brilliance while maintaining a gritty defensive effort at Pioneer Oval.
The Colts shot out to a 12-0 lead following tries to Ahlivia Ingram and Jasmine Tooth but the Rams girls hit back via a super, close-range effort from young Goannas star Alahna Ryan.
Ryan latched on to a great off-load from prop Haylee Lepaio and showed plenty of awareness to find the line and score the Rams' only try of the game.
COLTS CRUISING— Nick McGrath (@nickmcgrath4) March 10, 2019
There's only one try in it at the break, but Monaro is in control of this championship opener against @WesternRams.
They look stronger and a touch more refined, the Colts girls. Big ask ahead for the Rams #CRLwomenspic.twitter.com/n9AcvE8dxU
Western did a mountain of defensive work early in the match and that toll showed late as the visitors raced in three second-half tries, but Naden says the flashes some of her team's youngest players produced indicate there's a bright future for women's footy in the Rams region.
“I think our young girls went well, Taneka (Todhunter), Alahna … so there’s some upcoming talent there," she said.
“I think we let them run around early, and that hurt us. It was our first game though, we can only improve from here.
We held our ground in defence … we were just all buggered.Western five-eighth Britt Naden.
“We’ve got a long way to go but there’s lots we can work on."
"We held our ground in defence … we were just all buggered.
“This is the first time we’ve played together and this was a hard team.”