Daisy Robinson, a Blue Boar the past two seasons, was not surprised that her first game of rugby league was "rougher" than union.
The 27-year-old, who hails from Quirindi but has lived in Narrabri the past four years, was a standout playing for Boggabri in their 30-12 loss to Werris Creek at Ken Chillingworth Oval on Saturday.
In the final-round clash, Robinson - playing out wide - was an aggressive ball runner who appeared to attract the attention of Werris Creek's coaching staff: the expletive-lit order for an interchange player to take out the "tall, blonde girl" (or words to that effect) seemingly directed at Robinson.
Of the three CRL women's nines games played on the day, the Boggy-Creek clash was the most physical.
Post-match, Robinson looked like she had been put through a meat grinder - the big red welt on her neck probably the result of a high shot late in the contest (a yank of her jersey collar, to be precise).
She was one of four Blue Boars who played against the Magpies. Along with Kooty, the Creek remained undefeated and the two sides were declared joint winners of the second instalment of women's nines in Group 4.
It was good. It was a bit rougher than rugby.Daisy Robinson
Of her decision to play league, Robinson said: "The [rugby] season had finished and a few of our girls were playing for the Roos, so I thought I'd give it a go while I have a chance."
She added: "It was good. It was a bit rougher than rugby. I probably expected that, having seen some of the photos from previous weeks [of the competition].
"But it was quite good. It was more hit-ups today than spreading the ball and more running."
Robinson has played a host of sports, but had not been that interested in rugby league and rugby union.
Obviously, that is not the case any more.
"It's good that rugby union and rugby league are growing among women and there's a lot more opportunities now," she said.
Boggabri finished in fourth place.