Shannon Parry might be in bother right here. The TMO is a attainable shoulder to go. I reckon the Aussie skipper is heading to the sin bin.
Can’t complain there. That could be a clear deliberate knock on from Wong after New Zealand had been constructing with some nice off-loads and runs in opposition to the grain. No alternative for the referee. Australia all the way down to 14.
53 minutes: McKenzie has missed it. Ought to have been a sitter however she brushes the put up. Large miss. I sincerely hope that doesn’t show to be the distinction.
51 minutes: That’s a scrum penalty in opposition to the feed for Australia. Large shove from the Aussie pack. It’s bang in entrance they usually’ll go for the factors. Ought to be kickable.
50 minutes: Scrum in the course of the park 10m in to New Zealand territory.
Woodman together with her second and what a rating that was! She doesn’t do boring, does she? It began waaaay again in New Zealand’s 22 after a field kick from Australia from the again of part play that went nowhere.
So New Zealand had it. Tui straightened and punched a gap for Holmes who cantered up discipline.
Runners in assist stored the ball alive and Demant sussed the scenario out and commanded it go left. It did. Fast fingers from Nga-Woo freed up Woodman, who nonetheless had hundreds to do on the left. She did it. Oh, how she did it. Her second ranges the sport up. From 17-0 down, the Black ferns have parity as soon as once more.
44 minutes: A uncommon mistake from Woodman. She knocks on with house in entrance of her on the left contact line.
11 turnovers for New Zealand and only one for Australia. (Instructed you I’d discover out, although to be truthful it did come up on the display screen). Tells a narrative.
42 minutes: We’re again and New Zealand have proven they imply enterprise by profitable a penalty on the ground. What number of’s that now? (I’ll discover out). It’s kicked into contact and a maul will get rolling inside Aussie territory, however they’ll’t free the ball and Australia have the scrum. Implausible work on defence. Large set piece arising. New Zealand will need to counter shove.
I let you know what, in case you weren’t a convert to the ladies’s recreation earlier than, you bloody nicely are actually! What a half of rugby. Pulsating, scintillating, breathless. Genuinely, this has been a cracker.
Australia defied all of the prematch chat and stormed out of the blocks, bossing the achieve line, punching holes in midfield and getting go ahead ball with robust carries from their forwards. A breakaway strive from Wong that spanned 60m both aspect of two robust scores from 19-year-old Terita opened up a 17-0 lead. However the Black Ferns had been by no means going to lie down and take it.
They stormed again with a short-ranger from Ngan-Woo after agency construct up play earlier than Woodman scored a stunner within the nook to convey her group inside a rating of taking management.
The half-time whistle got here at simply the appropriate time for the Australians, who look shattered. I don’t blame them. This has hurtled alongside at a frenetic tempo.
I’m going to seize a a lot wanted glass of water. Catch you in a bit.
39 minutes: A penalty for Australia on the half approach line. They give the impression of being knackered. McKenzie hoofs it into contact. They received’t be a rush to kind this line out simply out of NZ’s 22.
Breathless! What a passage of play. I don’t fairly know the place to start out. New Zealand had been battering away at Australia’s line on the appropriate however an enormous steal on the bottom received the ball again for the Walalroos. McKenzie’s clearing kick couldn’t discover contact (how expensive will that be?) and Tui gathered and spiralled it again in discipline. It went via the fingers and made its option to Woodman on the left wing. She had one thought in her thoughts and he or she darted for the nook. Two tacklers couldn’t cease her. Good rating and it’s recreation on!
That’s extra prefer it. New Zealand’s first shot at a rating they usually provide you with the products. Tui distinctive with the chase from the restart and Waaka carried nicely to get her forwards on the entrance foot in Australia’s 22m.
From there it was the rumbling energy of the heavies up entrance and lock Joanah Ngan-Woo got here up from the mess of our bodies with the largest smile having scored from shut vary.
Two extra factors from Kendra Cockseage’s boot closes the hole just a bit bit extra.
Sensational! Australia have come to Eden park and knocked the stuffing out of their friends. They’ve by no means crushed the Black Ferns however I let you know what, they simply would possibly after a second for Bienne Terita. 19 years outdated in her second Check. What a narrative!
A line-out 5m out on the left is thrown to the center of the line-out. It doesn’t keep there lengthy and is swiftly despatched proper. It will get to Terita who places on the after burners and beats one on the skin, bounces the problem and stretches out to attain. Gorgeous rugby.
McKenzie misses a troublesome kick.
27 minutes: One other penalty from New Zealand within the pink zone. Absolutely the following one have to be carded? I’d have thought that was final likelihood saloon. We go once more for an Aussie line-out. 5m out on the left.
25 minutes: Love goes from hero to villain, conceding a penalty which permits McKenzie to nudge it again into Black Fern territory for a line out. Round 12m from the road. Williams hovering in midfield with Wong within the combine as nicely. Ball goes to the again of the lineout and maul types. What can they do with it?
24 minutes: A sample is rising and it’s nearly a reverse pf what we anticipated. Australia are dominating possession and territory however New Zealand are bossing the breakdown. One other penalty on the ground, this one from Ruby Tui, who has made all six of her sort out makes an attempt, comes up with the ball close to the appropriate wing. New Zealand clear and get the possibility to catch their breath.
23 minutes: Now that may be a huge steal on the bottom from Pip Love. The Black fern prop was again peddling with the remainder of her teammates as one other Aussie assault surpassed 10 phases. New Zealand have made six occasions as many tackles because the Wallaroos and had been as soon as once more in their very own 22. By Love will get over the ball and comes up with the penalty.
However the clearing run features a knock on and Australia have the ball again with a scrum 15m in New Zealand territory.
19 minutes: Australia are throughout New Zealand. A pleasant field kick from Batibasaga pins the Black Ferns again in their very own territory. Oh, and Australia have the feed as nicely. It’s a 50/22. Sensational!
One other one! From nothing Australia have one other one! New Zealand had the ball, beginning placing some passes collectively however the ball goes free. Earlier than anybody can say the “banana pores and skin” Ivania Wong grabs maintain of it, pins her ears again, and gallops 60m up discipline. McKenzie’s second shot at aim is nice. Oh my. This was not within the script.
The Wallaroos are on the board they usually deserve that! One other penalty within the pink zone they usually form to kick it into contact. It’s a bluff. A fast faucet and a swift cross proper finds Bienne Terita in house. It’s solely her second Check however she is a world cup winner with the sevens group and is aware of tips on how to flip a half likelihood into factors. She skins her reverse quantity, rides a stiff problem and finishes within the nook. Good rugby. The extras are missed from a troublesome kick on the touchline however what a begin for the ladies in inexperienced and gold.
12 minutes: HELD UP! What unbelievable defence from New Zealand! Ruby Tui makes a monster sort out over the road on the Aussie ball provider. However Australia come once more from the drop kick restart.
10 minutes: Australia hammering on the door however New Zealand refusing to allow them to in. Williams concerned, Rule with a decide and go as nicely. Excellent defence from New Zealand, I felt for positive that Australia had discovered a gap. However no, it’s an impenetrable black wall. New Zealand knock on so it’s a scrum 5m out for Australia on the left.
8 minutes: A penalty for Australia. A no-arms sort out and tackler not rolling away, take your decide. It’s all from the again of a rolling maul from clear ball off the line-out. Australia maintain it tight however Williams is concerned as nicely. She’s having a fantastic recreation to date.
Aussies go to the road once more. 5m out.
6 minutes: Aussie line-out 5m out due to some good hustle on defence, chasing the kick and placing the Black Fern below stress close to the road within the nook. Large alternative.
5 minutes: Sarah Hirini knocks on simply as her group was constructing momentum with quick decide up and gos. Aussies scrambled nicely and get the ball again in their very own 22.
3 min: McKenzie kicks off and Australia win a scrum after a New Zealand error. It’s a minor element, however you realize what, momentum is a tough fish and that may give the Wallaroos and early shot within the arm.
The ball comes out the again cleanly and Williams at first receiver has two robust carries.
The ball goes left and the forwards get their fingers on it however Luka Connor makes a fantastic steal on the bottom for the Black Ferns.
The Wallaroos advance on the Haka, shoulder to shoulder, accepting the problem. I used to be solely barely cynical in regards to the prematch ritual a number of weeks again, however I’ve received to confess, it’s such a vibe!
Goosebumps! Truthfully, that was extremely transferring. What a rendition of God Defend New Zealand/Aotearoa and Advance Australia Truthful.
You solely had to take a look at the tears streaming down cheeks and the beaming smiles to understand how important that is. Liked that! Completely beloved that.
Now for the Haka.
FYI, the Wallaroos have NEVER crushed the Black Ferns!
They’re in for an enormous ol’ activity right here in entrance of a report crowd. The set piece will probably be essential. If they’ll maintain it free and quick they’re in with a shout.
Time for yet one more learn earlier than kick-off? Go on then. This one from Rob Kitson reveals that it’s not simply the gamers on the point of one thing particular. It is a huge second for everybody concerned within the girls’s recreation.
Rita Ora is on display screen! So get to 1!
You stated it, Kendra.
After all, it’s an enormous second for Australia, too. I spoke to educate Jay Tregonning and their skipper, Shannon Parry, in regards to the challenges they face whereas staying upbeat on this new golden age of girls’s rugby.
Not lengthy to go now. When you wait, get caught into this ripper from Tess on what this World Cup means to New Zealand.
England rout Fiji by a rating of 84-19. Brutal from the favourites, although they had been made to sweat.
If there’s one space of the park the place Australia have parity with their skilled opponents, it’s within the again row. Skipper Shannon Parry leads a formidable trio with Emil Chancellor on the other flank and Grace Hamilton packing down at No 8.
Can they safe sufficient ball for Arabella McKenzie? They’ll must. And hope that their backs can benefit from their alternatives.
It’s exhausting to search out too many faults on this one, so I’m not going to nit decide. As an alternative, let’s all get tremendous satisfied for Ruby Tui who’s an absolute gem whose interview with the BBC final 12 months transformed numerous folks to girls’s rugby.
When you’re searching for some meatier evaluation, Portia Woodman on the win needs to be in enterprise tonight and Sarah Hirini will arguably have the hardest project protecting the Aussie again row in test.
People, that is it. After 5 transformative years, girls’s rugby union is about to go someplace it has by no means gone earlier than. Eden Park has offered out. 50,000 folks will set a brand new attendance report as New Zealand’s Black Ferns tackle Australia’s Wallaroos. That is going to be thrilling!
Welcome to the reside weblog. My identify is Daniel and I’m buzzing. After all it’s not precisely the curtain raiser. France and England each received off to profitable begins however had been made to work for his or her victories by South Africa and Fiji, respectively. I don’t anticipate an upset right here, in spite of everything, it’s a group of execs versus a group of amateurs. Nonetheless, the Wallaroos will throw themselves into this with gusto and it needs to be a cracking contest.
Kick off is at 7:15pm native time/5:15 AEST/7:15am within the UK.