Jil­la­roos reign de­spite a big scare

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - SPORT - MICHAEL CARAYANNIS

THE Jil­la­roos over­came a sec­ond half slump to walk away dra­matic 26-24 win­ners against the Kiwi Ferns.

The Aus­tralian side looked des­tined for an easy win yes­ter­day when skip­per Ali Brig­gin­shaw had a hand set­ting up one try and scor­ing one of her own in the open­ing 10 min­utes.

How­ever, a poor sec­ond half al­most cost them.

“It was a good start,” Brig­gin­shaw said. “It comes from com­plet­ing sets. That was our goal. We went away from that af­ter a few er­rors. We know how to play footy and com- plete the sets. That’s where we went miss­ing.”

The Jil­la­roos led 12-4 at half­time be­fore a Kiwi on­slaught.

The home side raced in 14 points in the open­ing 14 min­utes be­fore their scor­ing streak was in­ter­rupted by a 50 minute try to Tazmin Gray. Aus­tralia led 18-14 af­ter 50 min­utes but the scores were again level four min­utes later. An Is­abelle Kelly try again helped Aus­tralia to go in front but the Ki­wis led by two with 10 min­utes re­main­ing. Kelly’s sec­ond try in the 75th minute en­sured vic­tory.

Mean­while, the man who wants to wear Johnathan Thurston’s famed No.7 jer­sey at North Queens­land led the Ju­nior Kan­ga­roos to a 40-24 win against the Ju­nior Ki­wis.

Jake Clif­ford – who skip­pered the side – was named man of the match.

Maitua Fe­terika is tack­led by Jil­la­roo Ali Brig­gin­shaw.

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