THE Australian Jillaroos will go into tomorrow’s (Sunday) Women’s World Cup Final against New Zealand at Headingley Stadium in Leeds with a lot of confidence after narrowly losing to the Kiwis in their last pool game.
Four Helensburgh girls, Samantha Hammond, Emily Andrews, Tegan Chandler and Emma Tonegato help make up the 23 member Australian squad.
The Australians were all square at 6 – all at half time, and after a mighty defensive effort in the second half, just missed out with the Kiwis winning 14 – 6.
The sole try scorer for the Jillaroos was Tara Westera and Ali Brigginshaw converted.
The Jillaroos rested six of their top players, giving every player in the squad an opportunity to get some game time.
“That is the best defensive effort I have seen from an Australian women’s team,” Head Coach Paul Dyer said after the game.
“We will have to improve but we are right in this World Cup.”