Preview: 2022 Constellation Cup (Australian leg)

THE second half of the 2022 Constellation Cup gets underway tomorrow night, and although the New Zealanders hold a two game to nil lead at the moment, there is still so much to play for in the final two matches.

Even though the Silver Ferns currently lead the series, they still need to win at least one more test to win the series. That’s because if the series is drawn, it will come down to goal difference to determine who ultimately wins the series.

There has been a little bit of change in both squads ahead of the second half of the series.

For the Aussies, Sunday Aryang comes out for at least the Melbourne test and will be replaced by Jo Weston.

Meanwhile for the Kiwis, their changes were all pre planned.

They had always planned to have three players play only the New Zealand leg and three players play only the Australian leg, so Maddy GordonElle Temu and Kimiora Poi are all coming into the squad in the place of Sulu FitzpatrickElisapeta Toeava and Mila Reuelu-Buchanan.

The Diamonds will certainly be glad Toeava is one of the three that are not playing the Australian leg, after she lit up the court in the opening clash.

Other Silver Ferns to have a great series thus far are Grace Nweke and Phoenix Karaka, so they will be looking to continue that good form heading into the Australian matches.

Meanwhile for the Aussies, it has just been patches of each clash where they have dropped off, and it has ultimately cost them.

They have also blooded four debutants thus far this year – Amy Parmenter, Ruby Bakewell-Doran, Sophie Dwyer and Maddy Proud. Parmenter has been impressive so far, but the other three will be looking to get more game time in the next two matches than they did over in New Zealand.

The Australian leg of the 2022 Constellation Cup gets underway in Melbourne tomorrow night before travelling up to the Gold Coast on Sunday. 

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