Ferns go two ahead 10-8 with three minutes to go.
Australia need to tidy up a bit on defence. They've been penalised 18 times to NZ's 6.
End of the first quarter and Tutaia bombs in the final goal to give NZ a 15-12 lead at the break.
Tutaia looks to have got her eye in now - she looked much more comfortable on the shot towards the end of the quarter.
Phew, what a first quarter, I feel like i've been holding my breath for 15 minutes. Impressive defence from NZ and the attack persevered and looked far less panicked than it has in the past.
Have to say, I did not see that start coming. Australia are looking surprisingly shaky. Lots of uncharacteristic errors from the world no.1's
Australia is already going to make a change in defence with Julie Corletto coming on at GD.
Agree with Dana. and NZ very composed.
Shooting attempts tell an interesting story - NZ have put up 21 shots, Aussie 15. A good sign the NZ attack are finding their target
Better D off the centre pass from Australia, forcing Langman into a held ball and they've already closed the gap to one.
Make that all-square 15-15
Fun fact: Umpire Ian Fuller has acted in Cats on London's West End.
Australian defender Laura Geitz is also known for her theatrical bent ;-)
They do love her though, she can do no wrong. Just turned over the ball and the crowd go nuts for Gietzy.
Australian defence far tighter in this quarter, but Mes is standing up well to the heat that's coming on.
The first Aussie, Aussie, Aussie oi oi oi chant is counteracted by a rousing rendition of Lets Go Kiwis.
19-19 with nine minutes to go in the 2nd quarter.
That is the Kopua of old, three ft guard straight up, plucks it out of the air, but turned over again by NZ and they Aussies convert.
32-18 the penalty count now....against Australia.
The excitement has got too much for Rikki - she's had to take herself off to the loo.
Good feed from Rasmussen puts Mes in space right under the goal. NZL lead 23-22
An offside call on Australia gives NZ the chance to go two ahead - and Tutaia takes it. NZL 24-22
Huge cheer from Ferns fans as Australia call time out to settle things
It's ok, I'm back...and of course now there's an actual time out.
The Ferns convert their first centre pass following the resumption
Great rebound from Mes. Out leaps Geitz and nails the second attempt, Now at both ends, as Kopua gets one
Heck of a first half. NZ lead 29-26 at the break.
Another brilliant long range shot from Tutaia to end the quarter. Incredible shooting under pressure.