I’m pretty sure that all Ferns players know that if they are not present in training the week prior to the game then they don’t get the start. Doesn’t matter why. Bruce played in a way that she knew Bailey would be penalised – thats just the team doing their homework on the squad.
My only criticism of the umpires is that they need to be in a position to see what is going on – how can they make a call when they are standing behind the players – it wasn’t just this game.
The Ferns were outplayed on the day – Australia started better, NZ finished better but it wasn’t ‘better’ enough. I’m not thinking NZ lost the series, the reality is that 2 all is a draw.