All the action from the second test between the Black Ferns and Wallaroos, from Eden Park.
Black Ferns coach Glenn Moore has named an unchanged side to the one that defeated the Wallaroos 31-11 in Sydney last week. Debutants Ruahei Demant and Alena Saili retain their starting spots in the squad. The Wallaroos made one change with vice-captain Sarah Riordan returning to their midfield after missing last week‘s test with a late withdrawal.
Moore said there is room for improvement despite the relatively comfortable win last week, and that the Ferns will be looking to be more clinical this week.
“In Sydney we adjusted our gameplan when Australia started shutting down our outside backs. Our forwards really stepped up and helped us get the points,” said Moore. “It showed we have the ability to be nimble but we‘ve talked about the fact we created opportunities, and didn‘t always finish them.”
Similarly to their male counterparts last week, the Black Ferns were dominant at set-piece time with their captain Fiao‘o Faamausili going over for a hat-trick – all from lineout drives. However, expect the backs to be more expansive this game, especially with the big home crowd behind them.
Black Ferns (caps in brackets):
1. Phillipa Love (3) 2. Fiao‘o Faamausili (53, Captain) 3. Aldora Itunu (16) / Leilani Perese (1) 4. Eloise Blackwell (33) 5. Charmaine Smith (17) 6. Charmaine McMenamin (15) 7. Les Elder (10) 8. Aroha Savage (29) 9. Kendra Cocksedge (43, Vice Captain) 10. Ruahei Demant (1) 11. Alena Saili (1) 12. Theresa Fitzpatrick (8) 13. Stacey Waaka (12) 14. Renee Wickliffe (31) 15. Selica Winiata (32, Vice Captain)
Reserves: 16. Te Kura Ngata-Aerengamate (21) 17. Cristo Tofa (1) 18. Leilani Perese (1) / Aleisha Nelson (26) 19. Jackie Patea-Fereti (13) 20. Linda Itunu (36) 21. Kristina Sue (11) 22. Krysten Cottrell (1) 23. Chelsea Alley (16)