England women to meet NZ in World cup final

England will play New Zealand in the final of the Women’s Rugby World Cup on Sunday September 5th, kick off 5.15pm, after a thrilling 15-0 semi final victory over Australia at the Twickenham Stoop on Wednesday night.


New Zealand remained on course for a fourth straight Women’s Rugby World Cup crown after running in seven tries to beat France 45-7 in the first semi final.


New Zealand produced a clinical performance to comfortably despatch France and duly book their place in the Women’s Rugby World Cup final on Sunday.


It will be a third consecutive world cup meeting for the giants of the women’s game, but this time England will be hoping they can steal the world cup crown from the Black Ferns on home soil and win the world cup for the first time in 16 years.


England booked their place in the final thanks to tries from skipper Catherine Spencer and full back Danielle Waterman in the first half while Katy McLean and Alice Richardson added five points from the boot.


England Head Coach Gary Street, whose side have defeated Ireland, Kazakhstan, USA and Australia on route to the final, said: “I’m delighted we are in the final. This is just reward for all the management and players who have worked so hard.


“Australia were another tough opponent. Every team that plays against England seem to raise their game and they were no different. They were committed and decisive.


“We obviously need to keep improving, but our defensive effort was huge and it showed how hard our girls will work to win this world cup.


“New Zealand are obviously a world class side, but they’ll find us their toughest opponents yet. The last time we played them we also won so we won’t fear them.


“I’m sure it’ll be an epic encounter and I know that the public will once again see a game of great quality from the best two women’s teams in the world. It’s often said that the last world cup was the greatest game of women’s rugby ever; now it’s our job to top that.”


There was no hanging around by England at the start of this game with the host side making their presence felt straight away. England’s most capped player Amy Garnett made some tremendous breaks early on while Richardson, at centre, came close to scoring after she cut a great line.


England carried that momentum forward with a good scrum deep into Australia’s territory, and in true Spencer style, the explosive No. 8 picked and went from the back of the scrum to score after just seven minutes. Fly half Katy McLean added the conversion.


Australia couldn’t retaliate and were constantly on the defence, and they saved a near score by Fiona Pocock, who was just metres from touching down on the left wing, with a ferocious tackle by Nicole Beck.


Their defence couldn’t keep holding up though and after more barrages of attack they ran out of defenders when Amy Turner, having a superb game at scrum half on her 50th cap, popped the ball up to Waterman on the right wing after Emily Scarratt was tackled just short of the try line. McLean this time couldn’t make the conversion and the hosts went into the break 12-0 up.


The spirit and the defence of the Australians didn’t dampen in the second half though and a lack of precision by England while some great defending by Australia prevented any further score.


Australia in fact seemed even more inspired and made England work hard both in attack and defence.


England, however, weathered the storm, even when they were a man down when Heather Fisher was sin-binned, but with Richardson adding a 78th minute penalty England secured their cup final ticket.


Final Score England 15 (12) Australia 0 (0)


Scorers


England
Tries: Spencer, Waterman
Conversions: McLean
Penalties: Richardson


Australia


Match Officials
Referee: Nicky

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