Rugby: Black Ferns make three changes for Wallaroos test

Black Ferns captain Les Elder.
Black Ferns captain Les Elder. Photo credit: Photosport

Black Ferns coach Glenn Moore has made three changes to the side for the second Laurie O’Reilly Memorial Trophy test against Australia at Eden Park.

All three changes are on the bench, as Moore sticks with the same starting XV that scored a convincing 47-10 win over Australia in the opening game in Perth last weekend.

Uncapped Canterbury utility back Grace Brooker, Wellington lock Jackie Patea-Fereti and Bay of Plenty hooker Luka Connor have been added to the bench, replacing Kilisitina Moata'ane, Rebecca Clough and Ash Marsters respectively. 

Despite crushing Australia in last weekend's test, Moore said the team took nothing for granted and hoped to raise the bar at Eden Park.

"When we looked at the footage, it was really clear we created a lot of opportunities for points, which we didn't follow through on," he said. 

"We need to improve some of our one-on-one tackling and the physicality that goes with that.

black ferns team
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"We're expecting Australia to bring more physicality to the game too and to be more clinical. They'll be better from that game last week and have improved a lot since last year." 

Black Ferns: 1-Toka Natua, 2-Te Kura Ngata-Aerengamate, 3-Aleisha-Pearl Nelson, 4-Eloise Blackwell, 5-Charmaine Smith, 6-Pia Tapsell, 7- Les Elder (captain), 8-Charmaine McMenamin, 9-Kendra Cocksedge, 10-Ruahei Demant, 11-Ayesha Leti-l'iga, 12-Chelsea Alley, 13-Carla Hohepa, 14-Renee Wickliffe, 15-Selica Winiata

Reserves: 16-Luka Connor, 17-Leilani Perese, 18-Olivia Ward-Duin, 19-Jackie Patea-Fereti, 20-Kennedy Simon/Joanah Ngan-Woo, 21-Arihiana Marino-Tauhinu, 22-Krysten Cottrell, 23-Grace Brooker


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