Macarthur woman shines on NSW Waratahs W debut

Macarthur's Mahalia Murphy has wasted little time making her mark on the Super W competition.

Murphy was a standout performer at fullback as the NSW Waratahs secured a 26-0 win over ACT Brumbes at Canberra's GIO Stadium on Saturday.

The 24-year-old scored a try as the Waratahs sealed a convincing win to kick-start their 2019 campaign.

Waratahs coach Matt Evrard told the Sydney Morning Herald that it was a good win but a "pretty scrappy game to watch".

"We did a couple of things well," he said.

"We defended well and our kick-chase was good, other than that I thought we were a bit disappointing.

"It was good to get a result and get the competition under way, but as a group they know they've got some things to work on."

Mahalia Murphy (right) races Brumbies player Ngawai Eyles to the ball. Picture: Dion Georgopoulos

Mahalia Murphy (right) races Brumbies player Ngawai Eyles to the ball. Picture: Dion Georgopoulos

Murphy was named in the Waratahs squad for the first time in 2019.

However, she has already represented Australia in the rugby sevens format.

Murphy and fellow Campbelltown Harlequins player Jemima Henry gained selection in the NSW Waratahs W squad last December.

Henry, 19, wasn't selected for the side's round one contest on Saturday.

Murphy and Henry's good friend Atasi Lafai also trialed for the Waratahs, but wasn't included in the finalised list of 30 players.

Campbelltown Harlequins duo Mahalia Murphy and Jemima Henry have been selected in the 2019 NSW Waratahs W squad. Atasi Lafai (right) missed out due to injury. Picture: Chris Lane

Campbelltown Harlequins duo Mahalia Murphy and Jemima Henry have been selected in the 2019 NSW Waratahs W squad. Atasi Lafai (right) missed out due to injury. Picture: Chris Lane

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