Jillaroos bounce back from Nines defeat to thump Kiwi Ferns

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  1. Twizzle

    Twizzle Administrator Staff Member

    Sep 22, 2003
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    Jillaroos bounce back from Nines defeat to thump Kiwi Ferns
    Alicia NewtonNRL.com Reporter

    Fri 25 Oct 2019, 07:34 PM
    Ali Brigginshaw once again showed her class on the international stage to help guide the Australian Jillaroos to a 28-8 victory over the Kiwi Ferns at WIN Stadium.

    Brigginshaw backed up a week of verbal exchanges with the New Zealand counterparts to orchestrate a controlling performance in the only Test for the world champions this year.

    The Australian captain had strong support around her with local talents Jess Sergis and Kezie Apps impressing on home turf.

    The Kiwi Ferns had all the running early but couldn't convert territory into points with a try-saver from Tiana Penitani highlighting the Jillaroos' defensive attitude in the opening stages.

    A treble of penalties relieved pressure for the Australians and it didn't take long for Brigginshaw to strike with a weaving run before finding Tallisha Harden in support.

    The Jillaroos went over for their second within minutes with Brigginshaw regathering her own short kick – New Zealand fullback Apii Nicholls conceding a penalty try in the process for reach out with her leg.

    Australia's momentum continued with a slice of luck from the scrum base with debutante Kirra Dibb placing a 40-metre kick down-field which landed perfectly in the hands of Sergis to score under the posts.

    An error from the Jillaroos at the kick restart opened the door for the Kiwi Ferns to get on the board midway through the first half with Maitua Feterika continuing where she left off from the NRLW to steamroll her way over from close range.

    A penalty goal to the Jillaroos on the stroke of half-time enabled the home side to take a 18-4 lead into the break.

    Honey Hireme's battle with Sergis was one-way in the opening half but the Kiwi Ferns veteran returned serve three minutes after the interval to finish off a sharp backline movement.

    New Zealand were denied another try-scoring chance when Hannah Southwell pulled off a miraculous saver on Raecene McGregor close to the line.

    Local girl Keeley Davis went close for the Jillaroos at the other end of the field but was ruled held up as the scoreline remained a 10-point difference for most of the second half.

    The Kiwi Ferns lost Nita Maynard to a head knock and the Jillaroos had woes of their own when Penitani spilt a ball with the line wide open with 16 minutes remaining.

    Australia wrapped up the result through another local, Shellharbour's Shakiah Tungai, who converted her own long-range special near full-time in front of a strong crowd of 8184.

  2. Willow

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    Jillaroos dominate Ferns in clinical performance
    Andrew Ferguson | October 25 2019 7:29PM

    [​IMG] [​IMG] Australian Jillaroos v New Zealand Kiwi Ferns

    Australia have survived a tough opening 20 minutes where they were defending for almost the whole time, to run out with a convincing 20 point victory over the New Zealand Kiwi Ferns in tonight's women's international at WIN Stadium.

    The Kiwi Ferns started the game in the best possible way, thanks largely to the Jillaroos giving away 3 penalties and being forced to make 2 dropouts in the opening 10 minutes. Australia only had 1 set in that time, but their defence was immaculate, denying New Zealand from scoring a single point.

    The scoring began in the 20th minute by Australia after a barnstorming run by Millie Boyle, which saw her take the ball deep into New Zealand's half. On the next tackle, Ali Brigginshaw received an offload, changed direction and then linked with Tallisha Harden, who crashed over for a strong try on the right side. Shakiah Tungai was unable to convert.

    Just 4 minutes later, the Jillaroos were in again, thanks once more to Brigginshaw changing direction. This time she stepped off her left foot and grubbered back to the right side, then followed through, regathered and then was kicked in the arm as she tried to score, which forced the ball loose. The bunker awarded a penalty try. Tungai converted.

    The points kept coming for the Jillaroos in the 31st minute, when Kirra Dibb kicked on the first tackle off the back of a scrum on halfway. Jess Sergis chased the kick and the ball bounced horribly for the Ferns fullback and perfectly for Sergis, who regathered and ran away to score under the posts untouched. Tungai again converted.

    The Ferns finally got on the scoreboard with 5 minutes remaining in the first half via a strong crash-ball run that ended with Maitua Feterika scoring a powerful try. Apii Nicholls failed to convert.

    The Jillaroos rounded out the half with a penalty goal to Tungai.

    The Ferns started the second half exactly how they needed to, with a try just 4 minutes after the resumption of play when Honey Hireme barged through two defenders close to the line to force her way over for a strong try. Nicholls again failed to convert from the difficult angle.

    In the 68th minute Dibb grubbered on the 3rd tackle and Kezie Apps followed through to ground the rolling ball for a try to the right of the posts. Tungai failed to convert.

    With just 5 minutes remaining in the game, Australia put the match beyond doubt, when they put in another kick on the first tackle off the back of a scrum, this time by Brigginshaw. Tungai chased through, toed it ahead, regathered and scored a brilliant try. Tungai then converted her own try.

    Australian Jillaroos 28 - New Zealand Kiwi Ferns 8

    Venue: WIN Stadium
    Halftime Score: Australian Jillaroos 18 New Zealand Kiwi Ferns 4

    LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
    3 points - Jessica Sergis
    2 points - Millie Boyle
    1 points - Hannah Southwell

    Tries: Tallisha Harden, Shakiah Tungai, Ali Brigginshaw, Jessica Sergis, Kezie Apps
    Field Goals:
    Conversions: Shakiah Tungai (3/5)
    Penalty Goals: Shakiah Tungai (1/1)

    Tries: Maitua Feterika, Honey Hireme
    Field Goals:
    Conversions: Apii Nicholls (0/2)
    Penalty Goals:
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  3. T-Boon

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    Apr 6, 2016
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    Because the Jillaroos play an entertaining style it was able to sustain my interest for about 40 minutes, then the Kangaroos for about 5 minutes. Men's rugby league sux.

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