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Improved Wallaroos go down to Black Ferns in Game 2

Improved Wallaroos go down to Black Ferns in Game 2

The Wallaroos have gone down 29-3 to the Black ferns in their 2nd match playing for the Laurie O’Reilly Cup. The Aussie girls showed a lot of improvement from their previous game, not allowing the Black Ferns the space they had in their last outing. Captain Ash Hewson led from the front with a strong game.

On the game, assistant coach Scott Allen said, “Good to see the girls step up yesterday. Black Ferns are a very good team and we think the score yesterday is reflective of where we are, whereas the score on Saturday was not.”

The game was punctuated by handling errors from both sides, leading to a large number of scrums. The Black Ferns appeared to have ascendency at scrum time, repeatedly pressuring the Wallaroos into going backwards. Despite this, the Wallaroos were mostly able to retain possession from their own feeds, despite being under immense pressure.

The Wallaroos were under the gun almost immediately when they were penalised in their own half for incorrectly joining the ruck. To make things tougher they also lost winger Cobie-Jane Morgan to the sin bin for use of foul language.

The Black Ferns were the first to get on the score board through Sarah Goss, after a lineout throw went over the heads of the jumping players, landing in Goss’ arms. She ran straight through and over the line, with the successful conversion the Black Ferns took the lead 7-0.

Ash Hewson put the Wallaroos on the board soon after, with a successful penalty attempt after the Black Ferns front row were penalised for angling in during the scrum, putting the Wallaroos within 4 points.

The Wallaroos showed much greater continuity in attack, holding the ball through multiple phases and making some ground through the forwards. They were tough in defence, stopping two scoring opportunities on the line, however they were unable to repel prop Toka Natua as she dived over the line for the Black ferns’ second try. Conversion unsuccessful, leaving the score at 12-3.

It wasn’t until the 35th minute that the Black ferns were able to cross the line again, despite having much of the ball. Some outstanding defence from the Wallaroos forced multiple errors from the more experienced New Zealanders. Morgan in particular was responsible for some outstanding efforts in halting the Black Ferns attack.

The score at half time was 17-3.

The second half started with a flurry from the Wallaroos, putting the Black Ferns under pressure in their own 22 almost immediately. The Wallaroos had most of the possession in the first 10 minutes of the half, showing better ball control than in the previous match. Despite holding the ball for 10 phases on at least 2 occasions, the Wallaroos were still unable to break through the Black Ferns defence.

The Black Ferns were able to contain the pressure from the Wallaroos, however penalties began creeping in and in the 53rd minute Black Ferns Captain, Fiao’o Fa’amausili, was sent to the bin for a ruck infringement after a number of previous penalties against the Black Ferns.

The Wallaroos were able to contain the Black Ferns until the 62nd minute, when Outside Centre Portia Woodman crossed after the ball went wide creating a 2 player overlap. Wallaroos players in mid field appealed for a call of obstruction, however it didn’t appear as though the defence was impeded by the player running through. After a successful conversion the score was 24-3.

With 10 minutes remaining in the match Black Ferns Full Back Selica Winiata made a lovely break, easily beating the defence to score the final try of the game. The conversion missed, leaving the score at 29-3. The Black Ferns had one last attacking opportunity after the siren as their forwards were driving at the line, but the Wallaroos defence held up, preventing the ball from being grounded.

The final score was 29-3.

Highlights:

Score and scorers

Black Ferns 29
Tries: S. Goss, T. Natua, H. Hireme, P. Woodman, S. Winiata
Conversions: K. Cocksedge 2
Penalties: nil
Wallaroos 3
Tries: nil
Conversions: nil
Penalties: A. Hewson

Cards

Yellow: 2′ Cobie-Jane Morgan (Aus), 52′- Fiao’o Fa’amausili (NZ)

Red: nil

  • Pclifto

    Yellow card for foul language?!?!

    • MST

      Yup. Hewson asked the ref what it was that was said, but ref said she didn’t want to repeat it. She was a pretty tough referee, apart from that she told the 9 off for playing for a penalty and told players they were not to yell at her when they thought there should be a penalty, knock on etc.
      Would be good to see some of the men in charge being as tough!

      • Tomthusiasm

        She was the best ref I’ve seen in ages, no bullshit and no ego.

      • Patrick

        Amen to that.

  • Tomthusiasm

    NZ did what they needed to do to get the win but the Aussies had a good crack. There was a period of around 15 – 20 mins when they were all over the Black Ferns but just couldn’t convert. As Karl Tenana alluded to, the Black Ferns are a mostly professional side, while the Wallaroos are predominately amateur. Perhaps the ARU needs to invest in a Women’s NRC or centralise Women’s rugby 15s like it has done for 7s. How do they pay for it though?

  • Patrick

    Great work from the team and I’m glad to see they picked themselves – shows how much room they must still have to improve and strongly suggests that they are not that far behind the kiwis on anything other than training and experience (not noticeably less fit or less raw skills) which bodes well for the future!

  • Blinky Bill of Bellingen NSW

    I quite enjoyed the effort by the Wallaroos. They appeared to contain the NZers better, far less ball stripped and over all just another step or so up from a few days earlier. So that’s really encouraging for them and their fans.

    Ability to shift the ball and support play seems the biggest areas I’m spotting. It would have been nice to have scored a meat pie, but in fairness it’s hats off to the NZ team for not allowing that.

    Now for our girls to get some decent competition before next meeting the girls from the land of the long white cloud.

    GO THE WALLAROOS.

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