Aussie women to build on win

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by Beth Newman

The Aussie women took a commanding 1-0 series lead over Ireland at the Sydney 7s, but coach Tim Walsh wants to see improvement for their final two matches.

Australia beat Ireland 26-7 in front a packed Allianz Stadium, conceding a try in the final minute of the match.

Walsh said he was happy with the result but wanted to see them maintain pressure for the full match.

“(We had) some really good turnovers, some good defensive stuff and then got a bit loose towards the end,” he said.

“It’s always hard when you’ve got a good lead and you’re in front of a crowd to stay disciplined. So a little bit disappointed with that but two more games to improve on there.”

With a massive crowd, Walsh said he wanted to see better communication and stronger defence for the full match in their final two matches.

“Defensively and I know it’s noisy but communication from our attack, they were just sort of last minute late movements without any chat which ended up being into turnovers,” he said.

“I think we from memory had about four turnovers which is unacceptable from our standards.

“They weren’t from the opposition doing some amazing things they were sort of unforced errors so certainly something that we need to improve on.”

A late yellow card to Mahalia Murphy for a high tackle led to Ireland’s only try but Walsh said he was pleased with her endeavour, after the Aussies let an attacker slip through the gap.

Walsh said he was looking forward to seeing how the women handled another sold out crowd for their final two matches on Sunday.

“In the past the girls have loved the big stadiums,” he said.

“They’ve always played well in front of them so I think they use the adrenalin to their advantage.

“I think it will be different again tomorrow when it really fills up towards finals time in the second game.

“I’m really looking forward to (seeing them) handling that and performing in front of a big home crowd.”

Stand-in captain Shannon Parry said it was good for more members of the squad to experience the match.

“We have a lot of players and they were all able to get some game time,” she said.

“It allowed a younger players a good opportunity and to for them to play in front of this crowd will really give them some experience.”

The Aussie women play their final two matches against Ireland on Sunday, at 11:13am and 2:46pm AEDT.

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