Rooster Ruan Sims plays last NRLW game

Sydney Roosters prop Ruan Sims has been chaired off Leichhardt Oval after playing her last NRLW game
Sydney Roosters prop Ruan Sims has been chaired off Leichhardt Oval after playing her last NRLW game

Retiring Sydney Rooster Ruan Sims saved her best performance of the year for the first NRLW standalone game, but it wasn't enough as her side suffered a third defeat with a 24-16 loss to grand final-bound St George Illawarra.

The veteran had struggled in the first two games but responded in style on Sunday with a season-high 71 metres, a barnstorming try and a brutal shot on Brittany Breayley.

"I think I enjoyed the try because I got off the duck egg which was pretty nice," she laughed.

"Hopefully, the way I played today is the way people remember my career; tough, strong and I ran hard.

"I definitely wasn't (at my best) and there were a lot of media reports written about it that I wasn't playing very well. Sometimes that happens and you've got to take it on the chin and you've got to learn from it.

"I thought this week we took it by the scruff of the neck and the shackles were off a little bit and we enjoyed ourselves."

Roosters coach Rick Stone praised the departing prop who was chaired off and given a guard of honour at Leichhardt Oval.

"She was determined to play well for us and I thought it was her best game for us," he said.

"I think it just shows what standing she has held in the game both on and off the field."

Sure to enjoy a lasting legacy in the women's game, a coaching career awaits and she'll continue media commitments.

She had trouble singling out one highlight from her many accolades.

"I've got so many wonderful memories," she said.

"Being part of the leadership team in the 2017 World Cup was amazing. To call myself a World Cup captain is amazing. I've played five World Cups. One of them was a sevens World Cup, I won two in rugby league and played two other World Cups in rugby which was special.

"Seeing the NRLW kick on the way it has is incredible."

Australian Associated Press