NSW Waratahs Super W coach Matt Evrard is not surprised by what Maya Stewart produces on the rugby field any more.
But he is sure others will be.
Stewart will make her debut on the left wing when the NSW Waratahs begin their Super W defence against the Brumbies at GIO Stadium on Saturday night.
The 18-year-old from Nelson Bay made the switch from touch 18 months ago.
"She is a phenomenal athlete," Evrard said. "She would easily have the best top-end speed in our team and we had a few Wallaroos in our back three last year. Her speed in space is electrifying. She still has a lot to learn around 15s. We will be doing everything we can to get her into a bit of space. I think she will surprise."
Apart from pace, Evrard said Stewart's defence stood her out.
"Physically she is big and strong," Evrard said. "She is a much better defender than people give her credit for."
Stewart will be joined by Newcastle Waratahs teammate and Wallaroo Katrina Barker, who has been named at outside centre.
Barker, who also plays halfback, dislocated her elbow in the Tahs' thrilling 16-13 extra-time win over Queensland in inaugural Super W final last year.
"She is certainly one of the experienced players we are looking to guide the younger ones," Evrard said.
"One of the biggest reasons we put her out there was because of her decision-making under pressure in terms of her catch and pass and ability to get the ball to the edges. That is what we want to do a lot more of this season."
Evrard also plans to better utilise his side's pace, especially Stewart.
"We have a few ideas on how to get the ball out to her," he said. "We have a couple of little starter plays. We have been doing a lot of work on our kicking, attacking kicks so that we bring those fast girls into the game. Hopefully we see a bit of that."
Meanwhile, the NHRU’s women’s summer sevens competition kicked off on Friday night featuring six teams.