Australia vs New Zealand Women's World Cup Final Preview

The Women's Rugby League World Cup comes to it's highly anticipated climax, with the Jillaroos taking on New Zealand's Kiwi Ferns. New Zealand are out for sweet revenge over the team that stripped their world title, in the last tournament.

The Jillaroos have been in fine form recently but have openly stated they were "unhappy" with the result of last week's drumming of Canada. Brad Donaldson, the Jillaroos coach, said "We weren't as good as what we could've been. We've played two good games in the second halves and two games not so good." Oddly critical for a team that won by 50 points, but this highlights Australia's perfectionist attitude.

The Kiwi Ferns put in a very dominant performance against England's Lionesses, New Zealand would run out winners by a 48 point margin to setup a rematch of the last World Cup final. This is set to be a bruising affair between, undoubtedly, the two best teams in the world right now.

Australia: The Australian outfit have crushed every side they have faced so far, the problem is, none of the nations they have faced measured up to quality of the New Zealand team they face off against. If any team is up to the task of downing the resurgent Kiwi's, It's Australia, their back's have run the show since game 1. Ali Brgginshaw has been one of the players of the tournament so far, the talented centre overcame injury to pull on the Jillaroos jersey and my god she has earned it, 2 tries last week takes her total for the tournament to 3 tries to go with her 8 try assists.

The Jillaroos are going to play this game as wide as possible, they know the majority of the ferns talent is down the middle of the park. If this stick to this game plan they could run up a decent amount of points as New Zealand have seemed at their most defensively vulnerable on their edges.

New Zealand: The Kiwi's will have an added sense of confidence coming from "player of the world cup", Teuila Fota-Moala, raring to go again and bring the trophy back. New Zealand really have played like a team with one hand on the trophy, trampling every team that stands in the way of what they truly believe is theirs, the right to call themselves the best team in the world. The Kiwi's forward pack has really led the charge, their pure physicality unmatched by any opponent, by bullying their way up the middle.

While the Kiwi's forwards have dominated a lot of the headlines but one player has been quietly racking up the points, Honey Hireme, the nimble winger scored a hatrick last week and 6 tries the week before, Australia are going to have a task on their hands keeping her out. New Zealand will use their powerhouses to outgun the Jillaroos in the middle before moving the ball through the hands to the backs to finish off.

Conclusion: Although Australia have looked very good through the tournament, New Zealand have looked equally as impressive. Both sides have put huge points over opponents and both sides have conceded few points, essentially we have on our hands an incredibly close final. For me though, New Zealand are the side I'm backing to clinch this, I'm going to give it to the Ferns by a margin of 8 points.



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