Rugby union: Preparation key for young Wildfires outfit ahead of Jack Scott Cup debut

Preparation key for young Wildfires outfit ahead of Jack Scott Cup debut

ANNIKA Jamieson gained a ton of experience from her maiden Super W campaign with the Melbourne Rebels.

But it's the things that the blindside breakaway learned on the training paddock that she intends to impart onto her young Newcastle Wildfires teammates.

Jamieson, centre Ashleigh Walker and lock Brooke Saunders were part of the Rebels squad which finished fourth. Walker was was voted player or the year by the fans and will line up at inside centre for the Wildfires.

Saunders, a lock, is part of the coaching staff but is yet to decide if she will play in the Wildfires' first Jack Scott Cup campaign.

"I enjoyed the Super Rugby experience," Jamieson said. "The rugby is faster, harder and more structured.

"With regards to what I can bring back, the main thing is getting the girls to form good training habits. Making sure you get to training early and do everything with intensity."

The Jack Scott Cup kicks off on July 25. In a draft draw, the Wildfires have a bye in the first round, giving them three weeks to prepare.

"It's a young side and the girls are super energetic," Jamieson said. "The key is getting everyone on the same page and playing to some structure. You can't just play free-flowing Fijian style rugby."

Apart from the Rebels trio, Emma Bradford and Tammy Clay are NSW Country regulars. Former Wallaroos training squad member Skye Lovett has returned.

Newcastle's NSW representatives Maya Stewart, Katrina Barker and Layne Morgan had linked with Sydney clubs when the Wildfires were invited to join the competition.


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