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Wallaroos v Japan Game 2 – The Grace Hamilton Show

Wallaroos v Japan Game 2 – The Grace Hamilton Show

The Australian girls racked up a big win last week built on the huge work rates of Millie Boyle and Grace Hamilton. But the Wallaroos didn’t have it all their own way with big games from Fujimoto and hooker and 31 tackles from Suzuki in the centres keeping them in check. 

The Match

After a beautiful welcome to country by Uncle Ray Davison and the national anthems play got underway with both teams lining up as advertised.

Japan fumbled the kick-off and handed the Wallaroos an early chance to work into their patterns, and that exactly what they did earning a ruck penalty after just three minutes. Five minutes later the Australians were again attacking when Grace Hamilton ran through the defence close to the ruck and changed her angle to burst through a desperate last line tackle from Japan and run forty metres to score the first try.

The flow of the game ebbed towards the Sakura and Australia started leaking penalties under pressure. Japan slotted the fourth penalty for their first points but the kick-off put the Wallaroos back on attack and after having a try disallowed for a foot on the line the Wallabies had a second crack and scored in the opposite corner to Mahalia Murphy. Murphy’s try was quickly followed by another from Lori Cramer as the Wallaroos started to dominate the game.

Late in the half, the Wallaroos were leading 22-3 when they turned down a shot a goal to have a crack at a try. After what seemed like an hour of attacking Mahalia Murphy was on the end of a huge overlap and scored Australia fourth try. A great half of rugby from the Australians lead by Grace Hamilton who for the second week in a row ran for over 100 metres in the first 30 minutes.

The wallaroos started the second half looking to continue their dominance of the game but, tended to push things a little too far and turn over the ball too easily. This combined with Lori Cramer’s yellow card for tackling with no arms was the prime reason no points were scored for the first 25 minutes of the second half.

Suddenly the Wallaroos switched back to the power game. Ashley Marsters ripped the ball away from Japan and made metres up the guts, Liz Patu picked and drove and made five more then Grace Hamilton took over and carried tree over the line to score. Moments late Hamilton was over again in pretty much the same manner in the process racking up her 200 run metre for the game.

And again after a rip and run from Alisha Hewett and offload to Patu who in turn offloaded to Millie Boyle. That was the final scoring play for the match. Australia won 46-3


The Game Changer

Unfortunately, for Japan, the Wallaroos were on song from the kick-off. The Sakura were never in it.


Only one player could win this tonight! Grace Hamilton was clearly the best on field. Three tries, 204 run metres and twelve tackle busts and amazing leadership.

Wallaroo watch

Despite Grace Hamilton’s amazing performance, this was an ensemble piece. The centres, Hira-Herangi and  Lefau-Fakaosilea were a handful. The back three of Cramer, Murphy and Treherne ran amok. Understated Emily Chancellor was the perfect foil to the power of Boyle and Hamilton in the backrow. Patu monstered people when she came off the bench.

The Details

Score & Scorers

Australia:  46

Tries: G hamilton 3, M Murphy 2, L Cramer, M Boyle
Conversions: L Cramer 4/7
Penalties: l Cramer 1/1

Japan:  3

Penalties: Yamamoto

Cards & citings

L Cramer YC 53 min

  • Blinky Bill of Bellingen NSW

    The Aussie girls have been impressive and the hit out against Japan no doubt gives them a chance to get their combos working. Just wondering what prep the NZ girls have had in their lead up to taking on the Aussies.

    • From NooZealand

      Not much really, no concern. (sorry I couldn’t help.)

    • Geoffro

      The Black Ferns competed earlier this month in a tournament in the States.Beat USA,Canada,England but went down to France.We’ve never beaten them but as France showed in their most recent outing,they’re not invincible

  • RugbyReg

    I’ve really enjoyed watching this team this year. There is a lot of exciting players and these Japan hit outs have been invaluable. Imagine walking straight into a game v the Black Ferns?

    So things I think will serve us well v the BF:

    – the physicality of our pack. Our backrow is fantastic and Hamilton and Boyle are tremendous ball runners. Obviously we had a size advantage over Japan, but at least we’ve built our confidence and patterns.
    – we played two seperate styles in the two games. More forward oriented in Newcatle and then using the backs more last night. Nice adaptability.
    – I love our back three. Very dangerous players (along with Carter from the bench). The more we can get their hands on the ball the better. I want to see Murphy in space more.
    – ALF is a sensation. Still learning the game but the vision and ability (defensively, leg drive, passing) is exceptional for a teenageer. Let alone her calmess under pressure. Her combo with Hira Herangi is developing nicely.
    – our set piece is coming along nicely. The Japenese technique in the scrum was a real challenge for them but they did well.
    – Cramer’s goal kicking is very good and will be key v the kiwis (hopefully we can keep it close)
    – the impact off the bench is fantastic.

    Things that are a worry:
    – I don’t think our halves are quite clicking. I really like both players and they are very experienced but I don’t think they are creating enough space for our backline. Morgan is a canny player but delivery can be slow.
    – our work at the breakdown was put under pressure by the Japanese and the kiwis will be all over this. Needs to be a big focus moving forward.
    – our discipline last night was pretty damn average. Can’t give away that number of penalties against the kiwis.
    – we haven’t been properly tested defensively yet. Some pages for sure (perhaps more in Newcastle) but not the way the kiwis will.

    Considering all of the above, I can’t wait for the tests v New Zealand. I am quietely (perhaps illadvisedly) confident of an upset.


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