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Five things we learnt from Wallaroos v Black Ferns

Sat, 27/08/2022, 9:28 am
Nathan Williamson
by Nathan Williamson
The Wallaroos were valiant but could not get the job done against the Black Ferns in Adelaide. Photo: Getty Images
The Wallaroos were valiant but could not get the job done against the Black Ferns in Adelaide. Photo: Getty Images

The Wallaroos put together a vastly improved performance from a week ago, however, were still shown up by a ruthless Black Ferns outfit.

Their strong start was negated by a sustained period of dominance before and after the break as the Kiwis maintained their unbeaten record.

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So what did we learn?

1.Plenty of improvements

Whilst it was a much-improved showing than last week, there are still plenty of areas that need tidying up before October’s World Cup.

The scrum was dominated from the opening whistle, with Liz Patu and hometown hero Eva Karpani pulled after 33 minutes.

Meanwhile, a lack of discipline and organisation around the ruck allowed the Kiwis to impose themselves and take a building Adelaide crowd out of the game.

Atasi Lafai was yellow carded just before the break, with the hosts showing great scramble defence to keep out the Kiwis before the half.

It would prove little in the end as they failed to get out of their 22 to start the second half as they scored two tries in 12 minutes to close it out.

2. All class Chancellor

Emily Chancellor produced one of the best games you will see in a losing effort

She was everywhere, from setting up attacks early to creating turnovers in defence.

Chancellor’s best work is down around ruck time and this was no different as she dominated her Kiwi counterparts despite the visitors holding ascendancy in every other aspect of the game.

Her move to Harlequins is a loss for the Waratahs but will be one of the first picked under the new eligibility laws.

3. Feed G-Fred

The Wallaroos look at their most dangerous when Georgina Friedrichs is given space to attack.

The centre was shut down in the first Test and the difference was evident early as the Waratah broke through in the 14th minute after some strong carries.

When the Kiwis managed to race up and shut her down, the hosts struggled to build any real attacking pressure, allowing the visitors to control the game.

Maximising her involvement needs to be a major focus for the Wallaroos heading into the World Cup.

4. Rollercoaster

It was a wild start for Sevens star Bienne Terita but a promising performance as she got reacquainted with the 15-a-side game

Her first touch saw her showcase her speed as Chancellor put her into a hole.

However, she would’ve been kicking herself after failing to finish off an early chance, only needing to take the ball cleanly and dive over the line. Fortunately for the 19-year-old, a second chance minutes later allowed her to open the scoring.

Terita was a threat throughout the game with ball in hand as well as physically imposing in defence.

Her second try was a perfect example of this, powering through the defence and cross with the result well and truly sorted

It makes for an interesting discussion for the World Cup if Tregonning opts to keep her, with Maya Stewart expected to be fit.

5. Chelsea clash

You have to feel for Chelsea Semple.

The Black Ferns centre was demolished by Liz Patu in the build-up to the first try, instantly knocked out as she hit the ground.

Unfortunately for the visitors, the TMO picked up the head-on-head contact, leaving Semple to be handed a yellow card as she was being helped from the field.

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