“Just trust our processes and if we can dominate some of our set piece, we get the go-forward for our backs. That’s what we really need to do to get our roll on,” Millward said.
“We’ve done that in the last two weeks and that has proved to put some points on the board for us so we’ve just got to keep building that shape and keep points on the board for us.
“It was a bit scrappy and we were forced by the WA girls to go away from our game plan there. The girls hung in there and I can’t be happier to be through to the next round to take on Queensland next week.
“We knew the second half was going to be a tough one for us, and it was. We’ve shown through a lot of our games that we can defend the 80 if we have to and we were forced to do it again in this game.
“The girls hung in there really well at the end.”
The Brumbies’ finals hopes looked in jeopardy in the opening exchanges when WA broke the deadlock inside the first two minutes through winger Claudia Nielson.
But star flanker Georgia O’Neill got one back for the visitors at the 10-minute mark and scrumhalf Remi Wilton soon rammed home the advantage with one of her own.
Then No. 8 Tayla Stanford sent another message to Wallaroos selectors when she crashed over for the Brumbies’ third on the stroke of half-time.
The 12-point buffer at the break proved to be more than enough for the Brumbies with WA only able to add one more try in the dying stages through Brooke Mason.
The loss brought down the curtain on WA’s campaign, one that had looked so promising at times but ultimately ended in frustration. It left “gutted” WA skipper Tara Reed with one simple parting message for her squad.
“They just really, really need to believe in themselves,” Reed said.
“They’ve all got talent, heaps of talent, but they just seem to lack that confidence in themselves. Just believe in yourselves girls, just go hard.”
Caden Helmers is a sports reporter for The Canberra Times