The first Super W title was decided after 92mins of rugby as Ash Hewson slotted the ball between the post to give NSW a 16-13 win against Queensland.
The opening twelve minutes of the Super W final set the platform with NSW and Queensland evenly poised.
A penalty goal to Ashleigh Hewson soon after took the score to 3-0 in NSW’s favour.
NSW’s dominance in the set-piece began to tell and they drove Queensland off the ball in the scrum at the 18th minute mark but an intercept against the run of play by Queensland flanker led to a Queensland try.
A penalty goal by Hewson had NSW ahead 6-5 at half-time.
The message conveyed by NSW coach Rob Baumann to his NSW troops at half-time was they were dominating on the field during the first half and they just had to turn that domination into points.
Soon after the resumption of play, Queensland’s Nareta Marsters made a breakthrough NSW’s blindside, palming-off NSW captain Hewson and she streaked away to score out wide for a 10-6 lead.
Queensland had the better of play for the next ten minutes, as their backs were getting over the advantage line and making untold metres.
NSW countered at the 60th minute mark with a series of pick and goes deep into Queensland territory and their multiple phases of play paid off with a try to Melissa Fatu in the 67th minute.
Play swung from end-to-end and with Queensland camped in NSW’s end a penalty was given in the 79th minute to Queensland and Tamara Zahara slotted it for a 13-all draw at full-time.
Neither team were able to break the deadlock in the first stanza of extra time and it looked like the game was destined to have joint winners until NSW pressing Queensland’s of line saw a penalty awarded giving Hewson the chance to slot it home.
"A big hats off to Queensland, they brought absolutely everything to us and we knew it was going to be a tough battle," Hewson said.
"What a brilliant display of women's rugby, I'm so glad it was close and it shows just how far this competition has grown since the first round," she added.
Super W will return in 2019.
All photos belong to Caroline Layt.