AUCKLAND, New Zealand – New Zealand coach Peter Jensen says his team is looking forward to facing Australia at tomorrow’s Oceania Mixed Team Championship but is first focused on Tahiti.
New Zealand swept past New Caledonia 5-0 in today’s opening round of Stage 2 and Jensen declared himself happy with the performance and outcome but acknowledged the gap between the two teams.
“It was a good start for us we’re also big favourites so we decided to go out and say, ‘Okay, we’re going to take this as professionally as possible and deliver what we have to'”.
“We’re going to go out tomorrow and have two matches with the first one maybe easier than the second one and that’s the big battle for us. We have to build up carefully towards that tie with Australia tomorrow afternoon,” Jensen said.
New Zealand’s Danish-born coach said he would rotate his team with Asher Richardson and Vicki Copeland likely to see action.
“We had two players not playing today who are part of our plans tomorrow morning. We’ll see what team we field when we play Australia,” he said.
AUDIOBOOM – Peter Jensen