IN her first competitive tournament since returning from an ACL injury, Jamberoo Superoo Lauren Murty has helped her Southern Districts Rebelettes reach the final of the Borneo Sevens.
In the March 23-24 tournament, the Rebelettes opened their accounts at the Eagles Rugby Club, Sandakan with a 28-nil win against hosts Malaysia.
"After our first win, we then beat Sabah Eagles 25-nil," Murty said.
"But we lost our final match on the Saturday, going down 12-5 to the Japan Nagato Blue Angels."
Sunday's final day started with a quarter-final against the Philippines Lions, which Murty's side won 36-5, booking their spot in the final four.
"Our semi-final was against a tough Japan Pearls side and we managed to grind out a 14-10 win."
This pitted the Rebelettes against the Japan Nagato Blue Angels in the final - the only side they'd lost to all tournament.
"Going into the final we were confident because we had played the Blues in a pool round and we had only lost to the 12-5," the former Milton-Ulladulla Bulldog said.
"So when we reviewed the game, we could see where the errors were so we new what to fix which made us confident."
Unfortunately the game didn't play out like the Rebelettes had hoped in the final, going down 34-nil.
"I think we played our final a game earlier in the semi-final and sometimes that happens in sevens rugby - it's just apart of the game," Murty said.
"Five minutes into the first game, I actually broke my hand, so I didn't get to play much of the final which was disappointing but I was super proud of the girls in the effort they put in.
"The Japanese team are a well drilled team and defiantly deserved the win."
Despite the result, Murty, 21, and her side were still stoked with their performance on the international stage.
"I couldn't be more proud of the girls - we were an invitational team versing girls that are contracted and train every day for there job," she said.
"I think we did really well to come second.
"Overall, we played as a team and that's how we made it to the final - the whole weekend we played for each other!
"Personally, I think I played well for my first tournament back and I felt game fit which made me be a lot more confident."
While being happy to play in the international arena, Murty thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience in Borneo.
"The experience was something I will never forget, it was unbelievable," she said.
"The support we had from locals and other teams over there competing was unlike I've ever experience.
''After the final we did a lap around the stadium and every supporter wanted a photo with us, they were all so proud of the Australian team.
"I even gave my footy boots away to one of the little local girls - she was over the moon.
"I have played in a lot of Oztag tournaments overseas but this one has definitely topped it - the atmosphere was electric."