The Black Ferns have overpowered a committed Buildcorp Wallaroos team in the second instalment of the Trans-Tasman series, with Australia being defeated by the reigning World Champions, New Zealand 17-45 on Saturday afternoon.
With the strong winds of Auckland to their back in the first half, it didn’t take long for the Black Ferns forward pack to drive over. After a TMO review in the third minute, NZ prop Aldora Itunu got the nod after she crossed the line to give the home side a 0-5 lead.
The Black Ferns’ used their Forward pack to gain an early advantage, scoring a second try at the hands of Pip Love, crossing over to further extend the lead, taking the score to 0-12.
Quick to bounce back, a tactical inside step from Wallaroo’s flyhalf Trilleen Pomare off the back of a maul saw the visitors in gold take to the score sheet, with Australia trailing 5-12 fifteen minutes into the match.
Determined not to let the Black Ferns cross again in the half, an impressive defensive effort from the Wallaroos managed to hold New Zealand at bay, however compounding penalties eventually saw Black Ferns second rower Eloise Blackwell cross over in the corner moving the score to 5-19.
With seconds remaining in the first half, Buildcorp Wallaroos Captain, Liz Patu, powered her way to a try, taking the score to 10-19 at the break.
The commencement of the second half saw New Zealand continue to ask defensive questions of the Wallaroos with an opening try from the Black Ferns outside centre Theresa Fitzpatrick. Kendra Cocksedge added an extra try, taking advantage of Emily Robinson’s sin binning extended the score to 10-33.
The experience of the Black Ferns side became evident again, this time with 31 Test cap veteran winger Renee Wickliffe crossing over the line, extending the New Zealand’s lead to 38 – 10. Quick to follow again on the northern wing, Selica Winiata crossed over taking the score line to 45 – 10.
However, it was Hana Ngaha coming fresh off the bench who would have the final say, driving over in the corner, to close the gap, the fresh legs kicking of Fenella Hake also closed the margin, with the match finishing 17-45.
AS IT HAPPENED
3 mins: Aldora Itunu try AUS 0–5 NZ
11 mins: Pip Love try Kendra Cocksedge con AUS 0–12 NZ
16 mins: Trilleen Pomare try AUS 5–12 NZ
21 mins: Eloise Blackwell try Kendra Cocksedge con AUS 5–19 NZ
40 mins: Liz Patu try AUS 10–19 NZ
44 mins: Theresa Fitzpatrick try Kendra Cocksedge AUS 10–26 NZ
50 mins: Emily Robinson Yellow Card
50 mins: Kendra Cocksedge try Kendra Cocksedge AUS 10–33 NZ
58 mins: Renee Wickliffe try AUS 10–38 NZ
66 mins: Selica Winiata try Kendra Cocksedge AUS 10–45 NZ
71 mins: Hana Ngaha try Fenella Hake con AUS 17–NZ 45
1. Emily Robinson, 2. Liz Patu (C), 3. Evelyn Horomia, 4. Michelle Milward, 5. Rebecca Clough, 6. Emily Chancellor, 7. Georgia O’Neill, 8. Grace Hamilton, 9. Cobie-jane Morgan, 10. Trilleen Pomare, 11. Samantha Treherne, 12. Sarah Riordan, 13. Atasi Lafai, 14. Mhicca Carter, 15. Mahalia Murphy, 16. Darryl Wickliffe, 17. Melissa Fatu, 18. Hana Ngaha, 19. Alisha Hewett, 20. Kiri Lingman, 21. Fenella Hake, 22. Crystal Maguire, 23. Shanice Parker.
1. Pip Love, 2. Fiao’o Faamausili (C), 3. Aldora Itunu, 4. Eloise Blackwell, 5. Charmaine Smith, 6. Charmaine McMenamin, 7.Les Elder, 8. Aroha Savage, 9. Kendra Cocksedge, (VC), 10. Ruahei Demant, 11. Alena Saili, 12. Theresa Fitzpatrick, 13. Stacey Waaka, 14.Renee Wickliffe, 15. Selica Winiata (VC) 16. Te Kura Ngata-Aerengamate, 17. Cristo Tofa, 18. Leilani Perese/Aleisha Nelson, 19. Jackie Patea-Fereti, 20. Linda Itunu, 21. Kristina Sue, 22. Krysten Cottrell, 23. Chelsea Alley