Wallaroos coach Jay Tregonning says his side is “bitterly disappointed” after being thumped 52-5 by the Black Ferns in Christchurch.
Ruahei Demant and winger Ayesha Leti-I’iga finished with doubles as the Black Ferns retained the O’Reilly Cup, remaining undefeated against the visitors.
The Wallaroos looked promising early on as some nice runs from wingers Mahalia Murphy and Ivania Wong got them over the advantage line and on the attack, but were unable to maintain the momentum.
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New Zealand looked like holding the Aussies scoreless before a wonderful pass from Emily Robinson set up one final attack as the Wallaroos got a late consolation try through Piper Duck.
“There were details that we got right during the week that we didn’t tonight – with a team like the Black Ferns, we couldn’t give them the possession we did,” Tregonning said.
“The finishers came on and did a really good job for us, and we got some turnovers in the back end of the game but that [lack of] detail… Giving too much possession is always going to be a difficult assignment for us.
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“We want to learn from these results, and we want to hurt from it. Throughout our earlier games, we were competitive with teams above us in the rankings but tonight we weren’t.
“We’ll look forward to getting to Adelaide and get into the community and try and grow the game, that’s a big focus. We’re looking forward to getting there and moving on.”
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