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Wallaroos make changes for USA clash following loss to Black Ferns

By AAP
(Photo by Andy Jackson/Getty Images)

Coach Jay Tregonning has made two changes to his starting side to face the USA as the Wallaroos look to build on their promising start to the Pacific Four rugby tournament in New Zealand.

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The Australian women went down 23-10 against the Black Ferns in the opening match but led at halftime for the first time in their playing history.

Tregonning has named two new faces to take on the Americans on Saturday in Auckland, with Rebels hooker Ashley Marsters replacing Adiana Talakai, who has a knee injury.

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Brumbies winger Jemima McCalman gets her first start with Ivania Wong also injured.

Hooker Tiarna Molloy has come on to the bench, now in line to make her join Reds teammates Annabelle Codey and Cecilia Smith who earned their first cap last week.

“Despite the result, we were quite impressed with the team’s performance last week against New Zealand,” Tregonning said on Friday.

“We’ve picked up a few bumps and bruises along the way – thankfully we can cover it with the depth we have in this current squad.

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“There are a few players that will now get the opportunity to make a mark straight from the kick-off and I know they are extremely eager to make an impact and keep that starting jersey.”

Canada and New Zealand will meet in the early game at The Trusts Arena after both winning on Monday.

WALLAROOS TEAM

Lori Cramer, Mahalia Murphy, Georgina Friedrichs, Pauline Piliae-Rasabale, Jemima McCalman, Trilleen Pomare,  Iliseva Batibasaga, Grace Hamilton, Shannon Parry (c), Emily Chancellor, Kaitlan Leaney, Michaela Leonard, Bridie O’Gorman, Ashley Marsters, Liz Patu. Res: Tiarna Molloy, Madison Schuck, Asoiva (Eva) Karpani , Annabelle Codey, Piper Duck – NSW Waratahs, Layne Morgan, Cecilia Smith, Arabella McKenzie

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Shaylen 8 hours ago
Brumbies the best team in Australia but still nothing to show for it

The Brumbies have been the strongest side in Australia for a long time and that was down to their forwards and set piece which has always been good and has always been able to dominate their Australian counterparts. This year the lack of maul tries and also the lack of a stable scrum has been a real problem which was also something Nick alluded to in his article this week about the creaking brumbies tight five. Home advantage is key as you say and the Brumbies must find a way to score more bonus points. If the Brumbies are really serious about winning a title they need to do what Kiwi sides at the top do. They need to smash every Aus side with a bonus point at home while claiming losing bonus points in every game they lose and denying their rivals bonus points. In their 3 losses in NZ this year they were smashed. They only scored 60 tries which is middle of the road, their scrum came in at 73% which was one of the worst in the comp, tackle success at just 83% which was right at the bottom and in terms of metres, clean breaks, carries, offloads and rucks built they were in the middle plus they had the most yellows. They basically were just not dominant enough wile they can improve their discipline. They excelled at kicking and won plenty of lineout ball plus their rucks were secure at 97%. Not sure about turnovers but they weren’t bad there. They just need to be more clinical and give away less and they will give themselves the best chance to win the title.

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