Kiwi fans on their feet - they're thrilled with what they've seen from the Ferns. As I said, there has been a lot of questions to answer, and this is better than conservative, nervous fans could have hoped for
First half thoughts: NZ defence outstanding, attack more composed than we've seen. Uncharacteristic errors from Australia and have almost double the penalties.
As Leana de Bruin said the other day, any team is beatable on any day....just like the Wallabies found out last night.
Second half under way here at Allphones Arena, Mes lands the first shot of the third quarter
A couple of changes out on court. Leana de Bruin has replaced Grant at goal defence, while down the other end of the court, Layton is back on at GD and Corletto has moved across to WD in place of Hallinan
The Ferns lead is out to 32-27 as Mes grabs a handy rebound under the goal and converts
Aghh internet blow out, but I'm back!
Wow errors from the Aussies, big miss from Bassett and then pass to no one from Medhurst. NZ now out by seven 34-27!
Attack is growing in confidence, first and second phase is firing.
I'm going to have to bail out now...
I don't think I've ever seen an Australian team make so many errors. Now they've called time out with NZ leading 35-28.
NZ fans on their feet chanting, Australians a little shell-shocked
Erin Bell coming on to replace Medhurst at GA for Aust.
You can imagine what happens as Aussie fights back though...it will get louder, and louder here.
comedy of errors and it's NZ ball.
36-29 with 8 minutes to go in the third quarter.
Langman pounds the circle edge and fires into Mes, who nails another. Langman has been a demon this afternoon so far.
Zinger their from that Tweeter!
Kim Green just hit the deck and is limping. Aussies have already called time in the quarter so she'd have to go off.
Ew just saw my spelling from at post. There not their!
37-30 with just over five minutes to go in the third, still in NZ favour.
Great pressure over the shot there from Aust. Forces the miss from NZ.
Couple in a row now for Australia, and a couple of turnovers late in the quarter. As Yvonne Willering always says to me - "they can't get too score focused". NZ that is.
There's some funny old umpiring calls going on at the moment too.