Thursday, August 24, 2023
Mackay and Whitsunday Life
Makenzie Weale is a young rugby league prop forward in a big hurry.
The Mackay Cutters powerhouse is making every post a winner in the early rounds of the NRLW premiership with the new North Queensland Cowboys franchise.
Weale produced a strong performance as the Cowboys snatched a 16-12 victory over the Wests Tigers last Saturday at Brisbane’s Totally Workwear Stadium.
The West Mitchelton Panthers junior ran for 161 metres, made two line-breaks and four tackle busts and scored a crucial try after the interval to keep the Cowboys in the hunt.
Leading the way with her bullocking runs and jarring defence, the tireless Weale was one of four Mackay recruits to help conjure up the Cowboys second win of the season after four rounds.
Weale was joined by Cutters’ colleagues in centre Jasmine Peters, utility ace China Polata and five eighth Tahlulah Tillett as the quartet combined to secure two valuable competition points.
Trailing 12-10, the Cowboys grabbed the lead in the dying seconds after Indigenous All Stars teammates Tillett and Peters combined for the match-winning try.
Wests Tigers set up a 10-4 half time lead with tries by skipper Kezie Apps and winger Josie Lenaz after the elusive Polata had earlier posted her maiden NRLW try.
A rampaging Weale helped level the scores with a determined try before Tigers fullback Pauline Piliae-Rasabale gave her side the lead with a penalty goal.
The Cowboys return to Townsville to host the Cronulla Sharks this Saturday.