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Women's World Cup Round 2 Wrap

All the action from Round 2 of the Women's World Cup

Australia vs England

The Jillaroos have continued their perfect start to the tournament with a dominant 38-0 victory over England.

In a clinical first-half performance, Australia ran in five unanswered tries with the classy halves combination of Caitlyn Moran and Ali Brigginshaw at the forefront of their attacking masterclass.

Centre Isabelle Kelly put in a strong showing with one try and three line breaks to go with 181 running metres, and was cleared of any trouble with a biting allegation made against the NSW representative cleared by the match review panel. 

The Jillaroos were committed in defence as they were able to hold England scoreless, with head-Coach Brad Donald impressed with their gutsy defensive efforts after conceding a last-minute try in their opening clash against the Cook Islands.

“We did speak about that, its something that we pride ourselves on and when you keep a clean slate it shows how dedicated the girls are for the same cause and how hard they worked.”

England head-coach Chris Chapman was disappointed in his sides lacklustre showing but has more to worry about with centre Amy Hardcastle suffering an ankle injury and halfback Kirsty Moroney leaving the field with a concussion and failed to return.

Despite the result, he said there are promising signs after a stronger defensive performance in the second-half.

“The girls are hurting, we didn’t come for that type of result so we’re disappointed. It’s not what we expected,” he said.

“But were pleased with our effort and energy in our second half defensively, we came back and we asked the girls to have a dig and give a bit more and they did that.”

Australia 38 (M Ward 2, I Kelly, N Davis-Welsh, C Baker, E Walton, K Apps, C Moran tries; Baker 2, Moran goals) def England 0


New Zealand vs Cook Islands

New Zealand have sent shockwaves through the Women’s World Cup tournament with a resounding 76-0 victory over a gutsy Cook Islands outfit.

Speedster Honey Hireme scored six tries in a brilliant showing on the left-edge, combining strongly with centre Shontelle Woodman as the Ferns scored 14 unanswered tries in a dominant rugby league performance.

The Ferns have now recorded an aggregate score of 126-4 in their first two outings.

Hireme was modest in her assessment of her performance which included eight line breaks and a try assist to go with 211 running metres.

“It’s good but i’m out on the wing doing my role and its to finish off all the all hard work that’s been done on the inside,” she said

“And I give all that credit to our middles because they had all that go forward ball and that built momentum and then we did what we’re expected to do out wide.”

Meanwhile, Cook Islands head-coach Ian Bourke was disappointed with the result but noticed improvements from their first outing against the Jillaroos.

“[It was] definitely tough, we went in at 38-0 and that first 20 minutes I think it was 10-0 and we had some resilience and a bit of resolve there,” he said.

“We were pressuring them a bit early on in the piece  - a bit like the Jillaroos [game] but we just couldn’t contain that.”

New Zealand 76 (Hireme 6, McGregor 2, Woodman 2, Murray 2, Maumau,, Maynard tries; Nati 10 goals)
def. Cook Islands 0


PNG vs Canada

Canada are now in the box-seat for a semi-finals berth after recording their first ever Rugby League World Cup win with a hard-fought 22-8 victory over a gallant Papua New Guinea outfit on Sunday evening.

After a disappointing 50-4 loss in their opening clash against New Zealand, Canada dominated proceedings with continuous attacking raids that ultimately proved the difference against a valiant Orchids side.

Canada head-coach Mike Castle was ecstatic with the performance and their improvement from their first game.

“They just kept their composure which is what we spoke about and identified in the game against New Zealand - we panicked a lot and we were shooting off the line and fixing things that didn’t need to be fixed,” he said

“Today they were just a lot more composed in defence and they backed off and their edge defence was a lot better.

“Across the board it was a great effort from every player on the field.

Orchids head coach Dennis Niall was proud of his side despite the result and is looking forward to an improved performance against New Zealand on Wednesday.

“We gave our best and that’s as far as the girls can go,” he said.

“The experience itself they have gained out of this will be taken on by all the girls.

Canada 22 (N Smith 3, S McDaid tries; I Patrinos 2, McDaid goals) def PNG 8 (C Bulhage, M Karl tries)



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