Wallaroos Fijiana Australia Womens Test International scores highlights

The Wallaroos kicked off their preparation for the Rugby World Cup with a 36-19 victory over Fiji at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, but not before bizarre scenes with their opponents.

Australia have fielded a new squad of 11 debutants under new coach Jay Tregonning and new captain Shannon Parry.

Former Sevens star Parry – who took the reins from Grace Hamilton – got off to a good start in management, topping the tackle count with a committed performance.

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Tears flow in moving national anthem

“Eleven starters but they’ve been in our system for a while now and they didn’t look out of place,” Parry told Nine and Stan Sport.

Parry, Mahalia Murphy, Pauline Piliae, Liz Patu and Ashley Masters were the Australian try scorers, in addition to a penalty try.

The win was sweet revenge for the 15-man Waratahs in Team Wallaroos after losing the Super W final to Fijiana Drua earlier this season.

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“A bit of rust, but really good to see them doing the job,” Olympic champion Chloe Dalton said.

“Ash Marsters from the bench made a huge impact with his runs.”

There was a lot of action before the game even kicked off.

Tears flowed during the moving national anthems before a comedic moment as referee Amber McLachlan stopped Fiji for having 16 players on the pitch.

The eagle-eyed McLachlan made a quick count as eager substitute Ebony Satala was forced back to the bench.

“Fijiana is trying to gain the upper hand early with 16 players on the pitch,” Tim Horan said in a commentary.

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“Ebony Satala got a little excited,” added Andrew Swain.

“You’re going to have to cool your jets down a bit, Ebony.”

Drew Mitchell was also amused.

“I liked the way Fijiana tried to start the game with 16 players,” Mitchell said.

“I don’t know what was going on there. One of the girls just didn’t know if she was starting or on the bench. Bit of initiative to try and get one under the ref.”

Australia now face a short turnaround ahead of another test against Japan on Tuesday at Bond University on the Gold Coast.

Japan have already beaten Fiji and a team from the Australian Barbarians on the Down Under tour.

It has been 956 days since the Wallaroos played a Test in 2019.

They are preparing for the World Cup in New Zealand in October.

Wallaroos 36 (Murphy, Piliae, Patu, Marsters, Parry try; penalty try; Cramer 2 con) Fiji 19 (Matarugu 2, Wilson tries; Naikore 2 counters)

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