Captain Ash Hewson has landed an after-the-siren extra-time penalty goal to give NSW a dramatic 16-13 win in the inaugural Super W women's rugby final at Allianz Stadium.
Fullback Hewson pulled off a sensational try-saving tackle on Queensland counterpart Samantha Treherne just before fulltime on Friday evening with the scores locked at 13-13. She then landed a close-range penalty at the end of the extra-time period of five-minute halves.
Queensland five-eighth Zahara Te Mara had kicked a penalty goal at the end of regulation time to force the game into extra time.
NSW dominated the first half of extra time, but Queensland's defence held firm as they withstood several pick-and-go runs close to their line.
NSW completed an unbeaten five-match campaign, but Queensland scored two tries to one and forced the home team to dig deep.
Both of the visitors' five-pointers came from 60-metre runs after pouncing on a NSW error.
It was a fiercely contested game befitting a final and featured some massive defensive plays.
Hewson posted the first points of the match with a close-range penalty in the 12th minute.
Flanker Lavinia Gould pulled off a 60-metre intercept try to give the visitors a 5-3 lead.
Hewson booted a second penalty, but missed a third on the stoke of halftime, which came with the home team holding a 6-5 lead.
Centre Naraeta Marsters grabbed the lead back for Queensland when NSW lost the ball and she fended off Hewson in an unstoppable charge to the line.
Gould was sin-binned for offside in the 63rd minute and, within three minutes, NSW replacement prop Melissa Fatu crashed over.
Hewson converted to give NSW a 13-10 advantage.