Barbarians give world champs a scare

The Black Ferns have been tested in the final match of the women’s rugby season.

Black Ferns perform the haka ahead of their match against the New Zealand Barbarians at Trafalgar Park, Nelson, New Zealand. Saturday 21 November 2020.

Photo: Photosport Ltd 2020

The world champions have held on for a 19-17 win over the New Zealand Barbarians in Nelson, after being held scoreless in the second-half.

The Black Ferns made a bright start, scoring two tries in the opening 10 minutes, and looked on course to better last week’s 34-15 win over the Barbarians.

Prop Pip Love barged over in just the second minute of the match before hooker Te Kura Ngata-Aerengamate dotted down from a line-out drive in the ninth minute.

But the Barbarians didn’t roll over.

Captain Alana Bremner crossed for their first try in the 18th minute and a few minutes late prop Amy Rule scored to see the Baabaas level the match.

Barbarians first-five Patricia Maliepo kicks downfield during their match against the Black Ferns at Trafalgar Park, Nelson, New Zealand. Saturday 21 November 2020.

Barbarians first-five Patricia Maliepo kicks downfield during their match against the Black Ferns at Nelson.
Photo: Photosport Ltd 2020

Young first-five Patricia Maliepo then kicked her second conversion to help the Barbarians snatch a 14-12 lead.

That is how it stayed until three minutes after the halftime hooter when the Black Ferns scored a contentious third try.

Love was awarded her second despite appearing to lose the ball before grounding it. Kendra Cocksedge converted the try to give the world champions a 19-17 halftime lead.

The Black Ferns were unable to add to their tally in the second-half with the only points coming from the boot of Maliepo, who kicked a penalty.

The Barbarians finished the match on attack, but knocked the ball forward as they attempted to snatch the win.

Published at Sat, 21 Nov 2020 06:09:06 +0000
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