Black Ferns bounce back in ruthless style against Australia

It was an efficient and ruthless response from the Black Ferns today against Australia, following their historic loss to Canada.

New Zealand almost racked up a half-century in a brilliant first half, before taking the match 67-19.

Winger Mererangi Paul scored a hat-trick in the rout and captain Kennedy Simon bagged a brace.

Simon told Sky Sport they wanted a standout performance and they got it.

“Few difficult moments, but they are all part of the game, we just have to take advantage of this and make sure we keep building.”

He said they kept it simple, were able to produce phases and turn them into points.

“If we keep doing the groundwork and hopefully the results will follow.”

Australian captain Michaela Leonard admitted her team has a long way to go.

“It was a difficult day, it was not the campaign we wanted. We have shown how positive we can be when we execute well, but it was the small areas that let us down.”

The Ferns were on the board five minutes into the game when Kaipo Olsen-Baker powered in from behind a scrum.

The Aussies counter-attacked quickly through the first five by Arabella Mckenzie, who slipped through a gap and away before converting her own try to close things out again.

However, everything went as well as it could for these visitors in the first half as the floodgates opened.

Midfielder Sylvia Brunt started the scoring attack, breaking the line thanks to a dominant Ferns scrum from close range.

Paul was next as Renee Holmes sent a deft kick forward for her winger to pounce on.

Moments later he got a second, beating the last defender as the Ferns’ backs ran rampant.

Just as the Wallaroos were looking to get back into the competition, Iritana Hohaia took a break and offloaded to Mikaele-Tu’u, who ran 30 meters with no one in front of him.

The points kept coming and hooker Georgia Ponsonby finished off a more skillful piece of play.

Katelyn Vaha’akolo capped the half with an absolute stunner.

With room to move on the left flank but 75 meters from the line, Vaha’akolo showed off his incredible gas to skin his opponent before nailing a perfect chip and rallying to stroll under the posts and give his team a commanding lead of 45-7 at halftime. .

It took just three minutes of the second for the Ferns to pick up where they left off in the first and score fifty, prop Chryss Viliko thundering back for a debut try after Ponsonby again went close.

After confirmation from above, Paul got his hat-trick in the right corner, deploying a lot of strength to achieve it on the grass.

Maya Stewart closed the gap for the Australians, but a quick touch from Hohiah sent captain Kennedy Simon in with a good dummy and a step.

McKenzie and the Wallaroos continued to battle, the top five getting within a finger’s breadth of their second and their side’s third.

After a slight pause in the scoring, Simon capped the dominant performance with his second, again showing brute strength and determination to overcome it.

Scorers:

New Zealand 67 (Paul 3, Simon 2, Brunt, Olsen-Baker, Ponsonby, Mikaele-Tu’u, Vaha’akolo, Viliko, tries, Holmes 6 cons)

Australia 19 (McKenzie 2, Stewart, tries, McKenzie, 2 cons)

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