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Player ratings: Kiwi Ferns v Jillaroos

Player ratings: Kiwi Ferns v Jillaroos
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The New Zealand Kiwi Ferns went down 23-16 to the Australian Jillaroos to surrender the 2017 Women’s Rugby League World Cup. Here’s how we rated the performance of all 17 New Zealand players. (Photo: NRLPhotos).

1 – Apii Nicholls-Pualau

She was on top of pretty much everything that was thrown her way. Cleaned up kicks well and was energetic in attack, always making the little extra efforts. 7.5/10

2 – Atawhai Tupaea

Didn’t have much of the New Zealand attack go down her way. A quiet game, but didn’t let anyone down. 5/10

3 – Maitua Feterika

Worked hard out of yardage and put herself around the ball. 6/10

4 – Shontelle Woodman

Made some really good defensive reads alongside Hireme. Kept trying right through until the final minute. 7/10

5 – Honey Hireme

Kept doing what she’s done all tournament – scoring tries. Two four-pointers headlined her performance, while Hireme’s communication in defence was excellent as well. 7.5/10

6 – Raecene McGregor

Her cut-out pass for the opening try was simply divine. Scored a second half try, organised traffic well, and silenced anyone who questioned her selection ahead of vice captain Georgia Hale. 8/10

7 – Kimiora Nati

Defended well on her edge once again. Controlled things well for the most part, but took a poor option late in the match with the game on the line, leading to a knock on. 6.5/10

8 – Lilieta Maumau

Laid the platform early, which New Zealand used to dominate the first half. Nice and busy in the middle. 7/10

9 – Krystal Rota

Tackled everything that moved, clocking 40 across the match. Great service out of dummy-half and made good decisions all game. New Zealand’s best. 8.5/10

10 – Aieshaleigh Smalley

Only played 25 minutes, but made it count with some huge carries early in the piece. 6/10

11- Teuila Fotu-Moala

Looked to be playing injured and as a result had her quietest game of the tournament. Made a couple of uncharacteristic errors but had some nice touches in attack and kept working hard in defence. 5/10

12 – Hilda Peters

Exposed a little in defence and missed a key tackle which led to Australia’s fourth try. Did some good work organising her edge though. Another loyal servant to the Kiwi Ferns who endured a tough day at the office in the final.  5/10

13 – Laura Mariu 

New Zealand’s best forward, running for 130 metres and making 28 tackles. Kept play alive in the lead up to McGregor’s try with 10 to go. Can hold her head high in what was her final Test in a wonderful career. 8/10

Interchange:

14 – Nita Maynard

Added some nice spark with her footwork around the ruck when she came on. 6/10

15- Krystal Murray

Big numbers again and was telling in attack. Had a couple of handling errors. Looked be carrying an injury through much of the second half, but still did the job expected of her. 7/10

16 – Ngatokotoru Arakua

Upset Australia with her confrontational style when she came on. Pulled off a couple of huge hits and was busy on the footy. New Zealand’s best bench forward. 7.5/10

17 – Amber Kani

Only played 14 minutes but worked hard in that time, making eight tackles and carrying for 32 metres. 5/10