The Australian Jillaroos have edged Tasman rivals the Kiwi Ferns 10-8 of their ultimate group match on the Rugby League World Cup.
While the slender victory secures the highest spot in Group B for Australia, the aspect’s error-riddled efficiency was a far cry from the dominance displayed up up to now within the event.
After outscoring its opening two opponents – the Cook dinner Islands and France – by a mixed whole of 166-0, Australia appeared rattled within the rematch of the 2017 World Cup ultimate.
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Whereas conceding their first factors of the event, the Jillaroos additionally struggled to beat the extreme New Zealand defence, finishing solely 64 per cent of their units.
Australia’s run was additionally hampered by 16 errors – 10 of these within the first half alone.
While first attempt scorer honours went to five-eighth Tarryn Aiken, a late raid from the Kiwi Ferns put the Jillaroos underneath strain to attain.
With 20 minutes left to play, New Zealand held the lead by two factors, however a attempt from winger Julia Robinson within the 62nd minute proved the match-winner, tipping the end result to stifle an upset from the Kiwis Ferns.
Coming off cruisy victories to begin the event – together with a 92-0 drubbing of France – Jillaroos coach Brad Donald stated it was good for his aspect to get a correct contest forward of the knockout phases.
“We wanted that sport. We’ll get higher from that,” he instructed Fox Sports activities.
“We panicked a bit of bit.
“[The Jillaroos] regarded like they had been a bit daunted by the very fact they hadn’t scored. They simply wanted to remain affected person.
“Our assault was undoubtedly a bit clunky with the strain the New Zealand defence placed on us.”
New Zealand prop Amber Corridor was named participant of the match for her efforts to maximise territory.
The Jillaroos will subsequent face world No.4-ranked Papua New Guinea within the semi-finals on Monday morning (AEDT).
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