RugbyWA Women looking to back up successful performance against Japan

· Womens International
by Rugby WA Media

After the three starting RugbyWA women scored tries for their country in the Wallaroos first test against Japan they now look to back it up with a second successful performance this Friday at North Sydney Oval.

Both Trilleen Pomare and Ariana Hira- Herangi found success last match running through the inside channels they will be looking to sling the ball out wide getting Queensland stars Alysia Lefau-Fakaosilea and Lori Cramer involved in the action.

While speedster Mhicca Carter will start on the bench, she still will be looking to have a massive impact and score points in what could be the crunch time in the upcoming game

The Wallaroos will be looking to sweep Japan in the two-game series on Friday night after beating the visitors 34-5 in the first Test in Newcastle last weekend.

Nestor said the changes were a chance to give Karpani and Cramer an opportunity for more minutes as he looks ahead toward the New Zealand tests, and the 2021 World Cup.

"We are largely looking at the wider succession plan, and that is important for us looking to the 2021 (World Cup).

"One reason (for Cramer's inclusion) was goal-kicking, she has probably been the best goal-kicker we had during the camp. And just to give her an opportunity to start a game as well, so once again we can build a bit of depth and experience in that back three."

Nestor said the Wallaroos would be much better for the run after the first Test, and said the focus would be to finish off opportunities created in attack.

"One message we gave to the girls is 'we don’t mind mistakes because it means you’re trying stuff, it is when the effort lacks that we’ll get cranky'," Nestor said.

"And we didn’t have to worry about that because the effort is pretty good. We know we have created opportunities in attack and hopefully we will be able to finish a few more off on Friday night.

"I asked for more Test matches last year and we have more Test mtches. The more we play the better we are going to be and I really do feel our rate of progress is going to be quite a bit steeper than some of the other teams, some of the top-ranked teams. We’ll catch up quick."

After a successful first Test experience in Newcastle, Nestor said he expected the standalone Test at North Sydney Oval would be a great occasion.

"People know the history of North Sydney Oval and I have had the privilege of coaching a team there in the NRC - it was a good vibe, beautiful venue and led to believe the weather is going to be quite nice. So it’ll be an ideal night to come out and watch a bit of good footy," he said.

The Wallaroos take on Japan in the second Test at North Sydney Oval, Friday, at 4pm. The match will be broadcast LIVE on FOX SPORTS and Kayo as well as LIVE on RUGBY.com.au Radio. 

Tickets available here.

WALLAROOS V JAPAN

1.Emily Robinson, Warringah, NSW Waratahs Women, 8 caps 

2. Averyl Mitchell, Souths (Brisbane), Queensland Women’s XV, 1 cap   

3. Eva Karpani, Randwick, NSW Waratahs Women, 1 cap 

4. Michaela Leonard, Vikings, Brumbies Women, 1 cap 

5. Alisha Hewett, GPS/ADFRU, Queensland Women’s XV, 19 caps 

6. Millie Boyle, (vc), Royals (Canberra), Queensland Women’s XV, 9 caps

7. Emily Chancellor, Sydney University, NSW Waratahs Women, 3 caps 

8. Grace Hamilton (c), Sydney University, NSW Waratahs Women, 12 caps  

9. Cobie-Jane Morgan, Sunnybank, Queensland Women’s XV, 19 caps 

10. Trilleen Pomare, Kalamunda, Rugby WA Women, 8 caps 

11. Lori Cramer, University of Queensland, Queensland Women’s XV, 1 cap

12. Ariana Hira Herangi, Kalamunda, Rugby WA Women, 1 cap 

13. Alysia Lefau-Fakaosilea, Sunnybank, Queensland Women’s XV, 1 cap 

14. Samantha Treherne, Sunnybank, Queensland Women’s XV, 11 caps  

15. Mahalia Murphy, Campbelltown/Maitland, NSW Waratahs Women, 8 caps  

Reserves 

16. Ashley Marsters, Harlequins, Melbourne Rebels Women, 7 caps

17. Liz Patu, Wests, Queensland Women’s XV, 20 caps 

18. Christina Sekona*, Sunnybank, Queensland Women’s XV 

19. Rebecca Clough, Cottesloe, Rugby WA Women, 21 caps  

20. Shannon Mato, Sunnybank, Queensland Women’s XV, 1 cap  

21. Georgia Cormick, Power House, Melbourne Rebels Women, 1 cap  

22. Arabella McKenzie, Randwick, NSW Waratahs Women, 1 cap  

23. Mhicca Carter, Cottesloe, Rugby WA Women, 3 caps 

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