Bremner star turn not enough for Jillaroos
Mitch Jennings - Illawarra Mercury
A STAR turn from Helensburgh’s Sam Bremner in the series opener wasn’t enough for the Jillaroos to earn Auckland Nines revenge on the Kiwi Ferns on Sunday.
The Australians caught New Zealand on the hop on day one with an 11-4 win in the first of three games at Eden Park.
Bremner scored a try and linked with Helensburgh clubmate Maddie Studdo to throw the final pass for the Jillaroos second, the match-winner, for Allana Ferguson.
Bremner’s first half four-pointer in which she finished off a 90-metre team effort started by lock Kody House was one of the tries of the the tournament.
"I was actually just saying to the girls for a while there I was watching Kody [House] make her run and cheering her on," Bremner said.
"I quickly realised I had to get there so these tired legs got on the bike and I ended up getting there in the end which paid off.
"The Kiwi defence is really good so we were a very lucky team to have scored that try."
The Kiwi-Ferns hit back strongly on day two with a 9-0 victory in game two through tries to Mary-Jane Ale and a long-range effort to Tasha Davie locking the series up at one apiece.
The home side took things up a notch in the decider with an against the run of play try to House the only glimmer of hope fro the Jillaroos, keeping the match alive at 14-7 with five minutes to play in the second half.
The Kiwi Ferns snuffed out any chance of a late comeback with Kristina Sue’s 40-metre effort and a bonus-point try captain Sarina Fiso closing the show.