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Kiwi Ferns too strong for Australia

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 6/05/2016

The Kiwi Ferns celebrate with the trophy after victory during the Women's international Rugby League Test match between the Australian Jillaroos and New Zealand Kiwi Ferns at Hunter Stadium on May 6, 2016 in Newcastle, Australia © Mark Kolbe/Getty Images The Kiwi Ferns celebrate with the trophy after victory during the Women's international Rugby League Test match between the Australian Jillaroos and New Zealand Kiwi Ferns at Hunter Stadium on May 6, 2016 in Newcastle, Australia Skipper Sarina Fiso and winger Atawhai Tupaea scored doubles as the Kiwi Ferns downed Australia 26-16 in the women's rugby league international at Hunter Stadium in Newcastle.

New Zealand's one-out barnstorming style of play showed its worth after the free-flowing Australians dominated possession in the opening exchanges.

Maddie Studdon landed an early penalty goal to give Australia a 2-0 lead before Tupaea scored her first in the 11th minute.

Her second came six minutes later after a pinpoint cut-out pass from Georgia Hale, but Australia hit back quickly when Studdon found Samantha Bremner out the back for Australia's first try after 24 minutes.

Centre Maitua Feterika powered her way over from dummy half in the 33rd minute to give New Zealand a 12-6 lead at halftime.

Fiso extended the margin soon after the restart, but Karina Brown crossed for Australia in the 50th minute when she chased down her own kick ahead.

Fiso crashed over for her second in the 64th minute, and Krystal Rota's try four minutes later put the game out of reach for the Australians.

They managed to restore some respectability to the scoreline three minutes from fulltime when Brown cross for her second try.

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