The ACT Brumbies women's side are preparing for an historic Super W opener and lock Michaela Leonard isn't just nervous about playing in front of crowd at Canberra Stadium.
The former basketballer is still learning rugby's complicated rule book and doesn't want to cost her team by falling foul of the whistle against Queensland on Saturday.
Leonard is playing her first season of rugby and during preseason games she admits sometimes the whistle blew and she had no idea why.
The second-rower can take solace in the fact that seasoned veterans find themselves in the same predicament, with interpretations of some rugby rules murky at the best of times.
The Brumbies have done the hard work and completed their inaugural Super W preseason, now they're ready to put it on the park after sitting out round one with a bye.
Leonard was lured to rugby after playing league last year and said it has been a "big learning curve" but can't wait to get stuck in against Queensland.
"It's very different and my biggest look into contact, but coming from other team sports you're still working with other people, it's just about learning the tactical things," Leonard said.
"That [rules] has been a bit of a struggle, playing sevens helped, but it's something you learn and get taught at training and it's good having the experienced Wallaroos girls helping me through it.
"Yep [the whistle blows and I don't know why] but that's the good thing about having 14 other people, you can turn around and ask what happened there."
The match will be played as a curtain-raiser to the Super Rugby clash between the Brumbies and the Sharks.
"It's a pretty crazy and surreal experience just thinking about putting the jersey on for the first time and getting out there and having people watching it," Leonard said.
"The nerves are up there and pretty high at the moment but hopefully on game day I'll be able to turn it into a bit of energy and aggression and use it to my advantage.
"It's going to be pretty crazy and it's exciting being the first ones to play Super W."
No. 8 Tayla Stanford has played rugby since she was eight and said it was fantastic girls now had a team to aspire towards.
"It's a great pathway for a lot of young girls starting out and interested in getting into rugby. They have a lot of support behind them now," Stanford said.
"In rugby everyone's goal is to be able to represent their state but in the past there hasn't been a lot there for girls to work towards. This program now provides something.
"Watching the first round last weekend the standard is quite high and I think it's just going to get better and better as the season goes."
SUPER W ROUND TWO
Saturday: ACT Brumbies v Queensland Reds at Canberra Stadium, 5:00pm. Tickets $5 between 4.50-5.20pm.