The Silver Ferns were thrashed by means of the Australian Diamonds of their Quad Collection opener in London.
Because the trans-Tasman foes confronted off for the primary time in 10 months, the new-look New Zealand aspect discovered the going tricky, very easily put away 53-39 on Sunday (NZ time).
In a match which is the general probability of preparation for the perimeters forward of the Commonwealth Video games in Birmingham, Ferns trainer Dame Noeline Taurua is raring to steadiness game-time for all 14 of her avid gamers however can be cautious of effects and the boldness it might construct or shatter.
Having overwhelmed the Aussies 3-1 in claiming the Constellation Cup in Christchurch ultimate March, the arena champion Ferns will now have floor to make up, following a in large part clunky show on the Copper Field.
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New Zealand received the general quarter 10-6, however by means of then it had grow to be a quite scrappy affair, and the wear and tear was once achieved within the first and 3rd classes, the place the Aussies – led by means of very good taking pictures presentations from Gretel Bueta (31/33) and Steph Wooden (19/22) took them by means of seven and 9 targets respectively.
Maia Wilson shot 24/26 for the Ferns, however struggled for improve, as Tiana Metuarau (12/18) persisted an unsatisfied twenty first birthday and Grace Nweke (3/5) additionally discovered the going tricky on the most sensible stage.
Taurua omitted her uncapped duo of Filda Vui and Mila Reuelu-Buchanan from the match-day 12, and went with what appeared her most powerful lineup, as Kayla Johnson was once passed a get started at wing defence in her first take a look at in 4 years.
However the writing was once at the wall early, because the Ferns fell in the back of 6-1, with Metuarau arising properly brief along with her 2d strive, and the Aussies punishing with a four-goal run.
Not able to seek out the similar penetration via court docket as their fighters, the Ferns had themselves beneath extra force when captain Gina Crampton threw a stray lengthy ball and the Diamonds stretched their merit to seven.
They maintained that lead at quarter-time (17-10) after Steph Wooden nailed from distance at the buzzer, in 1 / 4 the place her and Gretel Bueta went at 100 in line with cent.
The Ferns then didn’t get the begin to the second one quarter they have been in search of, with Metuarau not able to transform the primary alternative, as Courtney Bruce neatly swatted the ball away, and the Diamonds duly netted two times, prior to a just right win beneath the ring from Karin Burger allowed them to claw 3 targets again at 19-13.
5 mins into the quarter, after taking pictures 7/11, Metuarau was once subbed, with Grace Nweke on at target shoot (Maia Wilson transferring to target assault), and the towering 19-year-old temporarily discovered her goal, two times.
However the frustration stored mounting for the Ferns. After a breaking name, the Aussies prolonged the result in double digits, then Cullen made means for Claire Kersten at the again of being warned by means of umpire Gary Burgess for physicality.
Nweke was once harsly stuck for touch off the ball, Burger left the court docket with a bleeding finger, which compelled a metamorphosis in get dressed for Wooden, prior to Nweke then overlooked a penalty shot after the siren to go away the Ferns down 30-21 at halftime.
Taurua made a double alternate on the lengthy spoil, bringing Shannon Saunders on at wing assault for Crampton and Kelly Jury at target stay for Sulu Fitzpatrick, to spouse Johnson, who spent nearly all of the sport at target defence.
However whilst Jury a minimum of had a few vivid moments, the Ferns’ hopes have been temporarily blown away after conceding the primary seven targets of the quarter.
Having already netted two times, the Diamonds doubled as much as lead by means of a dozen after Nweke was once achieved for touch, then when each Nweke and Wilson overlooked their first photographs and Bueta was once at her very best in sinking whilst falling over the baseline, within the blink of a watch it was once 37-21 and the sport was once achieved.
Metuarau re-entered the fray for Nweke 5 mins into the quarter, however had little to paintings with, netting simply as soon as within the 3rd length the Ferns misplaced 17-8.
Taurua went on to make use of all 12 avid gamers when introducing Phoenix Karaka throughout the ultimate 5 mins, who additionally confirmed some just right moments in her temporary cameo.
Within the previous recreation, England, the reigning Commonwealth Video games champions, hammered South Africa 71-47.
The Ferns’ subsequent recreation is towards the hosts on Monday, 5.15am (NZ time). After a relaxation day they face the Proteas on Wednesday, then on Thursday it’s both a last or a 3rd/fourth playoff.
AT A GLANCE
Australian Diamonds 53 (17-13-17-6)
Silver Ferns 39 (10-11-8-10)