Round 1 has been a fantastic start to the Women’s World Cup. With high scores in all 3 games, it’s made for an interesting table straight away.
New Zealand thrash newcomers Canada
Three time world champs New Zealand have started their campaign with a 50-4 win over Canada.
Canada held their ground well in the first half and showed potential to be a competitor for finals, holding a scrappy New Zealand 16-4.
It was the second half where New Zealand proved their dominance with quick tries and hard defence, against an inexperienced Canada who couldn’t cross the white line in the final 40 minutes.
New Zealand 50 (H.Hireme 2, Fotu-Moala 2, Maumau 2, Tupaea, Murray, Nicholls-Pualau tries; Nati 7 goals)
Canada 4 (Pakulis try)
Australia too strong for Cook Islands
Australia asserted their dominance in the first round, beating Cook Islands 58-4.
With ten different try scorers and a double to halfback Caitlin Moran, all four debutants crossed the white line throughout the game.
The Jillaroos had too much strength through the middle and too much speed on the sides, keeping the Cook Islands on the defence throughout the whole game. Their only try was scored in the dying minutes, in which winning seemed impossible.
Australia 58 (Caitlin Moran 2, Brittany Breayley, Karina Brown, Ali Brigginshaw, Vanessa Foliaki, Talesha Quinn, Isabelle Kelly, Nakia Davis-Welsh, Meg Ward, Lavina O’Mealey tries; Maddie Studdon 4, Caitlin Moran 3 goals)
Cook Islands 4 (Chantelle Inangaro Schofield try).
England vs Papa New Guinea
The final and closest game of round 1, Papa New Guinea held their ground throughout the first half, but England were just too good.
With a halftime score of 18-8, it was still anyone’s game in what had been a good half full of hard hits, despite injuries to England captain Andrea Dobson, and five-eighth Kirsty Moroney.
The nail was in the coffin with two tries to England in the final 20 minutes, leaving not enough time for the Orchids to fight back.
England 36 (Booth 2, Bound Hoyle, Hardcastle, Stanley, Sutcliffe tries; Stanley 4 goals)
PNG 8 (Kaupa, Oiufa tries)