In the second of three Pool rounds, the Women’s World Cup produced some interesting results as the finals loom.
Biting allegations overshadow Jillaroos’ thrashing of Lionesses
The Jillaroos have shown their true skill, smashing England 38-0.
After going into half time 24 points clear, the Jillaroos went on to win 8 tries to none and ensure they stayed on top in Pool A.
The tough win was overshadowed by a biting allergatoin against Australia centre Isabelle Kelly, by English prop Chantelle Crowl. The accusation, which was denied emphatically by Kelly and other Jillaroos has since been cleared by the match review committee.
England also suffered injury concerns throughout the match, with centre Amy Hardcastle leaving the field with an ankle injury, and halfback Kirsty Monroe not being cleared of concussion.
Australia 38 (Meg Ward 2, Isabelle Kelly, Nakia Davis-Welsh, Chelsea Baker, Elianna Walton, Kezie Apps, Caitlyn Moran tries; Chelsea Baker 2 conv, Caitlyn Moran conv)
New Zealand guarantee finals spot
Just a day after their men’s side was knocked from going into the finals, the New Zealand women made themselves the top of Pool B, with a 78-0 thumping of Cook Islands.
The tough and physical New Zealand side left the game one-sided, keeping Cook Islands camped down their end of the field. While they had speed and skill on display across the field, it was their physical forward pack, quick left hand attack and key player Honey Hireme, who crossed for six tries that won them the match.
With one round to go, the Cook Islands have one game left to keep their finals hopes alive.
New Zealand 76 (Hireme 6, McGregor 2, Woodman 2, Murray 2, Maumau,, Maynard tries; Nati 10 goals)
Cook Islands 0
Raven’s Make History for Canadian Rugby League
The Ravens have made history, beating Papa New Guinea 22-8 to take the first win by a Canadian women’s team.
It was a physical and tough game that saw both teams in the mix until the dying minutes. While PNG were the first to score in both halves, it was too hard to hold back the Canadian attack.
The toughness of the game resulted in a few minor injuries with players continuing on, including the serious concussion of Canadian player Natalie Tam, but neither affected the physicality of the teams.
With both teams determined for a win, and a classic display of speed, strength and skill, this game could be the game of the series.
Canada 22 (N Smith 3, S McDaid tries; I Patrinos 2, McDaid goals)
PNG 8 (C Bulhage, M Karl tries)