New Zealand first to 2017 Grand Final
In what started an error riddled match, New Zealand have confidently gone into the big dance, beating England 52-4.
The first half lacked momentum for both teams, with New Zealand leading despite a 35% completion rate. Going into the sheds 14-4, it still seemed to be anyone’s game.
The game was won in the second half by a try scoring frenzy and a smooth backline. England seemed to have no chance as The Ferns dominated possession and field position. The dying minutes were overshadowed by English centre Jessica Courtman being taken from the field with a suspected neck injury.
New Zealand 52 (Hireme 3, Murray 2, Feterika, Woodman, Fotu-Moala, H.Peter, Maumau, Mariu tries; Nati 4, Nicholls-Pualau goals)
England 4 (Stanley try)
Australia remains undefeated against improved Canada
Australia has secured the final spot in the grand final, beating Canada 58-6.
While Canada have improved significantly since being trashed in the final Pool match, it wasn’t enough against the dominant Jillaroos.
With the first half finishing 42-0, Canada’s clumsy defence only worsened the difficulty of Australia’s barging attack.
While the second half started the same, Canada managed to hold their defence and prevent a repeat half. The final 20 minutes changed with the Ravens finally getting some possession, and uncommon errors from the Jillaroos.
Australia 58 (Isabelle Kelly 2, Karina Brown 2, Ali Brigginshaw 2, Stephanie Hancock 2, Talesha Quinn, Ruan Sims, Nakia Davis-Welsh tries; Caitlin Moran 7 goals)
Canada 6 (Natasha Smith try; Irene Patrinos 1 goal)