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Wallaroos boosted by historic double-header after ‘difficult’ defeat

Wed, 24/08/2022, 2:32 am
Nathan Williamson
by Nathan Williamson
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The Wallaroos are using their historic match in Adelaide as the perfect boost to rectify last week's defeat to the Black Ferns.

Jay Tregonning's side were left disappointed and struggling for answers to the Kiwi's potent attack as they ran in eight tries in the 52-5 victory.

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“It was a difficult defeat because we knew the picture New Zealand presented us from not only attack but defence is the exact way they played,” assistant coach Scott Fava believes.

“There’s a few variations and they’ve worked hard but I think with our group, we’d analysed this group and team. We had a really good training week in identifying those threats, what our strengths would be and how we were going to play and come out the other side so a significant loss like that really hurt.

“The disappointment we had to get over yesterday but we’re now in Adelaide and it’s another chance for the girls to rectify what went wrong on Saturday. They didn’t execute their roles as for an International team and I think they realise that. They sat there thinking the game would come to them and they really have to go to it and make sure they are working hard to be on the level, if not better than New Zealand in those effort areas."

The Wallaroos touched down on Monday in South Australia, looking to spread Rugby in the traditionally AFL-dominated state ahead of the double-header with the Wallabies and Springboks.

It will be the first time they will play at Adelaide Oval and the first Test in South Australia since 2004.

With the Wallabies coming off a similar defeat, Fava was hopeful it can galvanise both sides as they look to address the errors from Christchurch.

“Taking the game to an area that aren’t used to Rugby, we’re in an AFL state but they’ve done really good job of marketing (the double-header). As soon as we get off the plane, there was a massive poster, you walk around the streets and we see billboards of Mahalia Murphy and Taniela Tupou everywhere,” he added.

“We’re both hurting a bit, both the Wallabies and Wallaroos have lost significantly last start so they will be wanting to rectify that. To do that in a double-header, it could be that real boost for this group to generate some momentum off each other.

“We’ll be coming into the captain’s run Friday and hopefully we’ll provide a lot of energy together as a group.

"...The girls have taken the feedback on the chin and you want to see that response, a lot of them are disappointed. It just comes down to your next training session and replicating that week that we had last week, I think it was one of our best we’ve had in camp this year and taking that and bringing it into focus for Saturday."

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