The match to decide the winner of Group F more than lived up to its billing, coming down to the final few seconds as a New Zealand miss ensured Australia ran out winners by a one-goal margin: 50-49.
The Diamonds had established a significant lead at one point, but the Silver Ferns came roaring back to set up the astonishing closing minutes.
Of the fantastic finale to the game, Watson said:
“It’s just that rivalry we have with them. It’s always a tough battle and they definitely weren’t going to give up at half time and we knew that.
“I think it’s just that Aussie against New Zealand thing – it’s always going to go right down to the final whistle like it did.”
The close nature of the contest between the Antipodean rivals has set the scene perfectly for Saturday’s semi-finals, where they will be joined by England and South Africa.
The hosts face the Proteas this evening, the winner of which will face New Zealand in the last four, while the beaten side will tackle Australia for a place in the final.