Jillaroos reign despite a big scare
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.