Australia Takes 20's Girls First Game
The Australians made it onto the scoreboard early in the game, when Catherine Sargent scored in the third minute to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.
Both team’s defence held strong for the next 10 minutes, with the game going from end to end, before Rebecca Mounsey scored on the wing for Australia to take a 2-0 lead with six minutes remaining in the half.
A beautiful long ball from co-captain Rachel Beck in the 18th minute saw Tracy Hill score on the wing, before New Zealand scored their first touchdown of the match in the next set, then Australia scored their fourth of the match to take a 4-1 lead into half-time.
Australia extended their lead to three just after the break, when Melissa Peters scored of the tap-off move in the first set to take a 5-1 advantage.
They were back on the scoreboard shortly after when Toni Wells scored in the second minute of the half to take a 6-1 lead.
Peters made it 7-1 at the midway mark of the first half, before Chloe Williamson scored New Zealand’s first touchdown of the half with just under five minutes remaining.
Peters hit back to claim her third touchdown of the game in the next set, to take a six touchdown lead and the win, 8-2.