Hammond intent on ending Queensland Origin domination

Sam Hammond joined Billy Slater in promoting the Test match in Sydney last Friday.
Sam Hammond joined Billy Slater in promoting the Test match in Sydney last Friday.


World Cup winner Sam Hammond has set her sights on breaking Queensland's State of Origin stranglehold in July after playing in the women's All Stars triumph over an indigenous representative team.

The Maroons women have won the past 14 consecutive games against NSW.

Helensburgh's Tegan Chandler and Emily Andrews scored tries, both set up by kicks from club teammate and halfback Maddie Studdon, as the All Stars overpowered their indigenous rivals 24-0.

The game was a curtain-raiser to the trans-Tasman Test at Allianz Stadium on Friday night.

"It was great to be back with the Jillaroos. They were quite strong, it was a good contest," Hammond said.

"It was fantastic to be part of the Test atmosphere.

"The biggest thing for us was keeping them scoreless, our line speed and defence were really good and we kept them from getting over the line."

The focus now turns to the annual Origin game against Queensland for Hammond, who said the time had come to end the losing run.

"It's been 14 years.

" It's time to put a stop to it," she said.

"We've definitely been getting closer and closer so we'll return to club footy then worry about Origin selection in July."

As revealed by Fairfax Media last week, Hammond is one of several Jillaroos players to have been approached by the Australian Rugby Union.

She said the money on offer was hard to refuse.

"They are massively approaching players ... one of the girls in the indigenous team just got approached and I think they are just trying to build a really good squad," said Hammond, dubbed the "female Billy Slater" because of her speed and evasiveness with the ball.

"Obviously their aim is for the Olympics and that is great. They are just trying to pick everyone they can to make sure they make it."

Players were offered $700 per week plus $5000 for each tournament in the IRB Women's Sevens World Series, whereas the Jillaroos, and Indigenous All Stars, teams played for their love of rugby league.

The Jillaroos, who beat New Zealand for the first time in 13 years in the World Cup final, had their trip to England funded by the NRL.


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