Saints to tackle New Zealand

Holli Wheeler is preparing to take on a tough New Zealand side in the second round of the Holden Women's Premiership this weekend.
Holli Wheeler is preparing to take on a tough New Zealand side in the second round of the Holden Women's Premiership this weekend.

SAINT George’s Holden Women’s Rugby League campaign won’t get any easier when they meet New Zealand at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night.

Old Bar’s Holli Wheeler was in the side that went down the Brisbane Broncos 30-4 at Suncorp Stadium in week one. Wheeler was initially named on the bench but was called into the run-on side following a knee injury that sidelined back rower Talesha Quinn.

“I had an inkling I might be starting,’’ Wheeler said yesterday.

“My coach (Daniel Lacey) spoke to me about it during the week and then on Saturday it was confirmed that Talesha was out.’’

She said the final scoreline was disappointing.

"But Brisbane are probably the benchmark,’’ she added.

“When you look at their side it’s virtually the Queensland team with a couple of Kiwi internationals thrown in as well.’’

Wheeler was generally happy with her own performance.

“I thought I defended pretty well, but I would have like to have done more in attack,’’ she said.

She topped the tackle count for the Dragons.

Wheeler is confident the Dragons will improve, but added that the Warriors will be another tough encounter. New Zealand upset the Sydney Roosters in their round one game.

She said playing at the famous Suncorp ground was ‘awesome.’

“The crowd was about 18,000 when we were playing and it was an unbelievable atmosphere,’’ she said.

Saints will need to beat New Zealand to have any chance of qualifying for the grand final on Sunday September 30.