Lindroth Cup Match of the Round Preview - Round 2

by Rugby Vic Media

The Lindroth Cup moves into Round 2 this week with Power House and the Melbourne Unicorns set to battle it out in the Match of the Round.

The 2019 Lindroth Cup holders Power House will be eager to amend their opening-round loss to Melbourne University, with a number of big names returning for Saturday.

While the Melbourne Unicorns followed on from their strong pre-season form with an impressive 21-12 defeat of Casey.

We caught up with both sides before their Round 2 clash to hear their thoughts on their sides preparations and what they believe the opposition will bring game day.

Power House Player Georgia Cormick

How has the teams pre-season preparations come along?

The girls are looking really good. I’ve personally only just started to train with the group as I have been busy with the Aon7s team, but there’s a lot of fresh new faces which is really good to see. The girls are loving our new coach as well and are really excited for the season ahead.

What players are you excited to run out with this weekend?

We’ve got a couple of young guns coming through. Jade Te Aute and Kirsty Matapa have both done the Aon7s season with Melbourne University. They have loads of talent and it is their first season of 15s, so I’m sure they’ll go well.

What are your sides expectations this year?

We’ve got a lot of new, young players. So, developing those players and continuing to build on the form that we’ve had in the previous years.

What do you love most about the return of rugby this year?

I think the most important thing is just having fun after missing out on a season last year. Getting back on the park, getting to mix and mingle with the girls each week, getting out in the community and seeing those familiar faces again is what it’s all about.

What do you think Melbourne Unicorns will bring to the round 2 match-up?

They’ve got quite a few young and fast payers. We played them a couple of times in the trial 7s games. They have a lot of speed out there, but they also love to take it up the middle. I think they have a pretty balanced game, so they’ll be hard to beat.

Melbourne Unicorns Head Coach Bryon Marshall

How has the teams pre-season preparations come along?

I think it’s been the same for everyone. It’s been a very different pre-season with Covid. But the girls have been fantastic and have really built this team back up. A couple of years ago the team shut down. The girls have created a culture here that is second to none for any team I’ve experienced.

How do you feel the side performed in your round 1 win over Casey?

Casey brought a really strong game, in the second half they really showed that to us. We came out with a lot of things to work on, but a lot of positives as well which I was really happy with.

What players impressed you last week in the win?

I was really impressed with some of our newer players who really stood up. Sophie Lean is one of our props, and it was only her second game. But also, we’ve got some new players who have come across from the likes of Touch Rugby League. Jemma Collins, our first 5, is one of the smaller girls on the field, but she tackles some of the biggest girls on the field, and she did a great job.

What are your goals for season 2021?

For us as a team, it is making the finals and winning the Lindroth Cup. We’ve developed this great culture that we just want to hold onto and build on. We think with that, we can build a great team.

What do you love most about the return of rugby this year?

Having that passion back. All be it on the sideline, I loved seeing the girls enjoy themselves, having fun and hitting each other. They love it. Just watching that is second-to-none.

What do you think Power House will bring to the round 2 match-up?

They are the Lindroth Cup Premiership holders. They are obviously a very good side and a very quick side. I’m expecting they’re going to bring a game of two halves, and the team with the most points will win.