New Zealand have ended Australia’s 12-year reign as world champions with a thrilling 52-51 win to claim their first title since 2003.
The Silver Ferns led by six goals midway through the third quarter but had to withstand a serious fightback from their opponents in the last quarter of the match.
It was a stunning performance from New Zealand – for whom Maria Folau top-scored with 28 – following a single-goal defeat to these same rivals in the group stage on Thursday.
But when it mattered the New Zealand side had just enough to upset the odds, in large part to the partnership between Folau and Ameliaranne Ekenasio, who kept their nerve at the big moments.
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