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Wallaroos beaten by New Zealand Black Ferns in Adelaide, score, report

The Wallaroos may have lost but they earned some respect after a fine performance against the Black Ferns at Adelaide Oval on Saturday afternoon.

Jay Tregoning’s Wallaroos were hammered 52-5 last week, but in front of their home fans, Australia fought to the death and finished on a high despite going down 22-14.

Bienne Terita’s second attempt on the stroke of full-time created much excitement for the growing crowd when the winger scored with a firm and direct run. Arabella McKenzie’s second conversion saw the Wallaroos go down by just eight points.

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Ruby Tui was one of New Zealand’s best at the Adelaide Oval. Photo: Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

Earlier, the Wallaroos had shocked their trans-Tasman rivals, who went into the game unbeaten in 21 matches.

The 19-year-old Bomber’s nerves were there early on when she scored her try, but the rising Sevens star made no mistake the second time around. McKenzie’s conversion to the side was a beauty and the Wallaroos ran out 7-0 winners.

But despite holding the lead after Chelsea midfielder Semple was shown a straight yellow card, the Black Ferns took control in the next hour.

With Emily Chancellor, captain Shannon Parry and Grace Hamilton running back and leading, the Wallaroos were unable to work out of their own half, turning the ball over. Eventually the pressure told and the visitors hit back through the galloping Luca Connor.

Bian Terita scores the opening try for the Wallaroos against the Black Ferns at Adelaide Oval on August 27, 2022. Photo: Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

Second-rower Joanna Ngan-Woo scored New Zealand’s second try early in the second half as the Black Ferns seemed to be running away and unstoppable.

Meanwhile, Olympic sevens star Ruby Tui caused a stir.

Kendra Reynolds scored New Zealand’s third try to extend the lead to 21-7.

But Territta’s second try at Adelaide Oval from under the hill saw the Wallaroos take something away from the game.

It was the second narrowest point defeat between the two nations.

“I want to give props to the Wallaroos for growing rugby above the trenches,” Tui said.

“I know it’s not easy for women in this place, but what they did in one week, go to show, do a little research and see what they did, and they really gave it to us.

“It’s amazing and I want to shout out to everyone who jumped on the bandwagon for women’s rugby this year,” she enthused about the double-header in front of the pre-Wallabies crowd.

“Ten years ago, this was nothing, so it was very encouraging that people out there are raising their hands and saying we want to support the rest of the demographic as well.

“Thank you to the Australian Rugby Union and World Rugby for making this happen.

“The rivalry between Australia and New Zealand is beyond words, it’s really deep and I think we should be proud of it.”

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