New Wallaroos cast analytical eye over opener

International
by Sam Phillips

The Wallaroos have taken the art of video review to a new level with tutelage from veteran assistant coach Scott Allen.

Video review is a stock standard part of any professional program and while the Wallaroos aren't a professional outfit, they are competing against teams that are.

That gap was laid bare in the loss to England but as Allen introduces the players to both personal and team reviews, gains are being made.

"The team is part of the high performance unit and as you say, all the other high performance unit teams are operating on that level," Allen said.Scott Allen is a film student of the highest order. Photo: ARU Media/Brendan Hertel"I understand that the girls haven't done a lot of it in the past."It's new to a lot of them and it was new to a lot of them last year.

"We're not going into the level of detail that the professional team do at this stage.

"But we've got to start introducing it."

The Aussies prepared for the Red Roses by watching Six Nations footage and have picked that performance apart over the past 48 hours.

"The girls are like sponges, they're fantastic," Allen said.The Wallaroos are working hard on their set piece ahead of Tuesday's clash with the Black Ferns. Photo: ARU Media/Brendan Hertel"They actually want too much and sometimes we have to make sure they don't overload on detail and get them back to the core things.

"But you can actually see the girls recognise patterns that they've seen, lineouts that they've seen, they start to see individual players and know what to expect from them and then they start to look at their own footage.

"They are getting better, they are really starting to pick up on the concept."

One player that will benefit from said analysis is inside centre Kayla Sauvao, who was superb in her debut against England.

She was voted Players' Player after the match, an accolade in large part due to her enormous carries which put the team over the gain line time and time again.Sauvao starred on debut. Photo: ARU Media/Brendan Hertel"I was just told to run my lines and that's what I did," she said.

"If I saw a hole, I went for it and tried to hold on to the ball."

Sauvao said there was plenty to work on ahead of Tuesday's clash with the Black Ferns but she was adamant the team was filled with fast improvers.

"We've only just got together and this is a whole new team," she said.

"We've only trained with each other for a week so as we move forward and get to know how each other play, it'll be better for us."

The Wallaroos take on the New Zealand Black Ferns on Tuesday, kicking off at 12:45pm AEST, broadcast LIVE on worldrugby.org.

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