Kiwis win Over 30 Mixed and Women's Grades
We had two exciting games in the afternoon of day four at the Touch Trans Tasman Test-Series. With both the Over 30 Women and Over 30 Mixed sides leading their three match series 1-0, they looked to win the grade with a second win.
We joined out first match of the day at halftime with the Over 30’s Womens team trailling 3-1 at the break.
The NZ women started out the second half strong with several long drives into Aussie territory. However, the Aussie defence on the five was swarming and had to problem keeping the Kiwi’s out.
Angela Mckay of New Zealand scored the first touchdown of the second half with Serena Albert taking care of the build-up play up the middle.
With the score at 3-2 to Australia, they began to make several mistakes and give away needless penalties. After sustained pressure, the impressive Aussie defence finally gave way with Jamie Te Pania diving underneath some tired Australian legs.
The 3-3 scoreline eventually lead to a drop off. The Aussie’s were visibly tired from nearly a whole half on defence and it wasn’t long before the extra space lead to a break. Mckay went straight through the middle and fed Chantal Baker for the winning touchdown in the far corner.
It was obvious to see how much a series win meant to the women, with New Zealand coach Dominique Patea describing the win as “boom”.
The second match of the day was just as exciting as the Over 30 NZ Mixed side looked to also win their series.
This match was fast and physical from the outset with Australia going into halftime with a slight 3-2 lead. New Zealands touchdown scorers in the first half time were Damian Jacobs and Kahu Shedlock.
New Zealand looked to be in trouble after letting in a soft touchdown at the beginning of the second half. Then a comeback was on the cards after Jason Puddle set up two quick touchdowns to level the scores. The game looked to be won when the two Steve’s, Toki and Wall, combined to put the Kiwis ahead 5-4 before a disappointing touchdown was conceded to make the match 5-5.
With the match looking like drop off material, the Australians couldn’t handle Puddle who had too much gas for third time, setting up the final touchdown of the match. The Over 30 Mixed win their series 2-0 with a 6-5 victory!