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Wellington and Taranaki Women hunt for their first win

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wrfu.co.nz and James mortimer     28 Sep 2013     NZR


Winless themselves, the Pride came ever so close to a victory last weekend when they lost 23-22 to Waikato in Te Awamutu.

Coach Fili Liua’ana said the one-point loss was frustrating, but his team had shown they’ve got the goods to compete at NPC level.

“Unfortunately that’s the way the game goes. The girls played really well, but unfortunately we made a few errors, and we made them at the wrong time.”

Liua’ana said over the past few weeks the team had developed far more than he had expected.

“The girls have a tonne of talent and skill and it’s just a matter of them gelling together as a team now. They’ve shown that in patches, and it’s really good to watch, but with a bit more time they’ll be able to gel that little bit more.”

Liua’ana said the match against Teriyaki was one they were targeting, but he had no doubt Teriyaki would be doing exactly the same.

“They’re a bit like us, they’re getting better with time. They have some really nice players and we can’t go into it thinking it’s going to be easy. They’ll want the win just as much as us.”

The match kicks off at the Petone Recreation Grounds at 12.30pm.

Wellington Pride

Katarina Simpkins, Helena Lawrence, Maryann Collins, Faasua Makisi, Brenda Collins, Elizabeth Goulden, Kauna Kopa, Aimee Sutorius, Kirsten Stewart, Carol Sio, Sanita Levave, Jackie Patea, Noeleen Nonu, Patsy Schwalger, Muteremoana Aiatu (captain). Reserves: Sharleen Fagalilo, Raylene Lolo, Joanah Ngan-Woo, Mary-Anne Leota, Acacia Claridge, Timena Tuma’ai, Ruby Finau.

Taranaki

Aleisha Henry, Ahleah Paul-Kaponga, Lyn Smith, Badinee Munro-Smith, Chelsea Aim, Brooke Sim, Kate Broadmore, Neesha Barrett (captain), Marika Allen, Jessica Lampe, Ditte van Vliet, Victoria McCullough, Zora Boettcher, Tasha Hintz, Leah Barnard. Reserves: Natalie Jones, Sarah Fairless, Megan Cloke, Nina Poletti, Marissa Clough, Georgia Marshall, Jacinta Harrison.