Wallaroos relishing return to attacking best after USA bounce back

Wed, Jul 12, 2023, 3:20 AM
Nathan Williamson
by Nathan Williamson
Hat trick hero Maya Stewart and the Wallaroos are feeling confident after last week's thumping win. Photo: Getty Images
Hat trick hero Maya Stewart and the Wallaroos are feeling confident after last week's thumping win. Photo: Getty Images

Wallaroos are looking to build off their impressive win over the USA after delivering an attacking raid in Ottawa.

Last week's 58-17 win over the Americans was the most points the Wallaroos have scored since they defeated South Africa 62-0 in the 2010 World Cup.

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It caps a remarkable turnaround after being held scoreless a week earlier against the Black Ferns

Winger Maya Stewart was the chief destroyer, scoring a hat-trick in the second half, admitting they had to do some soul-searching after the Redcliffe defeat.

“I think we’ve taken that we are an attacking side,” Stewart explained.

“The game against New Zealand wasn’t the result we wanted but we really stuck it to the USA and came out firing 

“I think that training week after that game was a massive turning point in terms of getting our one percenters right and it showed in that USA game when we came out firing with the red-hot result.

“To score a hat-trick in a Test is pretty unreal but that’s full credit to my big girls and my centres creating the space. Scoring nine tries shows we’re an attacking side and shows what we can do as we push for that top tier of WXV 1 competition."

The result has all but secured their place in the top division of WXV - World Rugby's new tournament at the end of the year.

The top three from the Pacific Four will qualify for WXV 1, with only a USA bonus point win over world champions Black Ferns and a Wallaroos defeat to Canada knocking Australia into WXV 2.

It will guarantee the Wallaroos play against the top teams in the world for the next two years, slated to play top-ranked England, France and Wales in New Zealand in November.

Currently ranked fifth in the world, the Wallaroos can close the gap to fourth-ranked Canada with a win in Ottawa.

“Obviously they’ll have a massive home ground being ranked at fourth. With us at fifth it’s going to be a nice arm wrestle," Stewart said.


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