New Zealand Takes Second Mixed Game In A Thriller

New Zealand Takes Second Mixed Game In A Thriller

first_imgThe Australians ran out to a 5-2 lead at half-time only for the Kiwis to take the lead for the first time since early in the first half in the final minutes of the match to claim a 10-9 win.It didn’t take long for New Zealand to get on the scoreboard, with winger Toia Tiwha scoring in her side’s first attacking set, to take a 1-0 lead. A Trent Touma long ball saw Sarah Peattie score Australia’s first touchdown of the game soon after. New Zealand was next to hit the scoreboard, when a clever ball from Tiwi Davis set up Mohi Aupouri to take the one touchdown advantage again. A Peter Watkins long ball to Nikki Etheridge, not too dissimilar to the pair’s combination last night, saw Australia level the game up at two touchdowns-a-piece close to the midway mark of the half.Australia took the lead for the first time in the game with five minutes left in the half when another Touma long ball saw Kristy Brennan score. First gamer Michael Law then injected his speed and skill into the game to score his first touchdown against New Zealand, and soon after Gemma Etheridge scored her first touchdown at an international level, to give Australia a handy 5-2 lead.The Aussies defended strongly in the final seconds of the half after Jamie Chan got sent for a period of time, to hold onto their three touchdown advantage at half-time, 5-2. New Zealand took the field in the second half keen to take advantage of Australia being one man down with Chan still out of the game and it didn’t take long for them to capitalise, with Jaymin Ormsby scoring in their first set of six to bring the deficit back to two touchdowns. New Zealand then closed the gap even further when Tiwha scored her side’s second touchdown of the half soon after. Australia extended its lead to two when Nikki Etheridge was again on the receiving end of another Peter Watkins long ball in the fifth minute, before Tiwha had her third of the match down the other end of the field for New Zealand. Sebe Rey combined with Gemma Etheridge one minute later, with a great long ball setting up Etheridge for her second touchdown of the game. When Rachel Stephenson scored for New Zealand her side was back within one touchdown of Australia and when Clayton Ngawharau intercepted a stray Australian ball and ran the length of the field to score, New Zealand had levelled the match at 7-all. The Australian’s took the lead again at the midway mark of the half when Gemma Etheridge scored her third touchdown of the game, again off a Rey long ball. New Zealand levelled the scores at 8-all four minutes later with Lovey Woodhouse scoring for the side off the back of a penalty to the visitors. The Kiwis then took the lead for the first time since the early stages of the match when Tiwha her fourth of the game. Nikki Etheridge scored soon after, with the Etheridge’s taking their tally to six for the match, to lock the game up at 9-all with 30 seconds remaining. New Zealand raced down the field to get into good field position with just seconds left on the clock and made the most of the opportunity, with Tiwi Davis setting up Mohi Aupouri to dive over with seconds left on the clock to take the win for New Zealand, 10-9, and keep the series alive for game three. To view highlights of this game, please visit the TFA YouTube Channel by clicking on the link below:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5OPd6OSRXs&feature=youtu.belast_img

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