Rugby Union: Maya Stewart scores four in big win for Australia A in Oceania Women's Championships

Nelson Bay winger Maya Stewart with the ball for Australia against Samoa in the Oceania Women's Championships in Fiji on Tuesday. Picture: Twitter/Oceania Rugby
Nelson Bay winger Maya Stewart with the ball for Australia against Samoa in the Oceania Women's Championships in Fiji on Tuesday. Picture: Twitter/Oceania Rugby

Nelson Bay winger Maya Stewart scored an incredible four tries to steer Australia A to a resounding 27-5 win over Samoa in the Oceania Women's Championships in Fiji on Tuesday.

Playing just her second game in the green and gold, Stewart was almost unstoppable, crossing for four first-half tries. The first half ended 22-0.

Stewaty opened Australia's account in the 12th minute from a scrum where she palmed off opposite Apaau Maiau and scored in the corner.

Three minutes later, the 19-year-old showed her strength to bundle the powerful Mailau into touch.

But it was in attack, where the Newcastle Waratahs' gun shined.

She used her blistering pace to run 50 metres and score under the sticks in the 16th minute, produced a neat in-an-away to notch the trifecta in the 24th minute, before strolling over untouched five minutes later.

The win was a turnaround from Australia A's 50-0 defeat to the Black Ferns Development XV, who won the 2019 tournament. Stewart made her debut in that match but had limited chances with the ball.

Australia's first game of the tournament was cancelled after a member of the Tongan team reported suspected symptoms of measles. The match was declared a draw, with each team taking two points.

Wallaroos head coach Dwayne Nestor said the tournament provided an opportunity to expose more players to the national program and show them the standard required to compete internationally.

Australia used the championships to blood fringe players with a view to the 2021 World Cup.