Rugby women through to grand final

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Sydney University won a berth in the 2014 Sydney Women’s Premier Rugby Union grand final with a comprehensive 22-3 win over Warringah in their semi-final at C.A. Redmond Field on Saturday.

Having already won the minor premiership after losing just one game during the competition proper, Sydney University will be out to reclaim the major title, which they won in 2011.

The Students will be up against Rockdale, who defeated Parramatta 25-10 in the other semi-final on Saturday. The grand final will be played at Granville Park, with the kick-off scheduled for 2pm on Saturday, August 9.

Sydney University will be without the services of fullback/five-eighth Ashleigh Hewson, who is playing with the Wallaroos in the 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup in France.

Hewson starred in Australia’s 26-3 win over South Africa in the opening game of the tournament at Marcoussis. The fullback contributed 16 points with a well-taken try, three penalty goals and a conversion.

She also kept the South Africans on the backfoot with her strong kicking game.

Australia met Wales in their second pool match and won.

Hewson is one of nine Wallaroos in the present team who were members of the 2010 World Cup squad, which finished third.