New Zealand defeat England & retain world cup

New Zealand Women’s Rugby team the Black Ferns beat England Women 10-13 to retain the Womens Rugby World Cup.

 

In front of a record crowd of 13,253 for a womens rugby international New Zealand were crowned world cup champions for a fourth consecutive time.

 

The match which was played at the Twickenham Stoop saw New Zealand playing for almost 30 minutes with 14 women as they were shown three yellow cards.

 

England failed to put any points on the scoreboard during the first two yellow cards even though at one point New Zealand were down to 13 players.

 

New Zealand led at the break 0-7 but then shortly after England drew closer with a penalty.

 

New Zealand then lost their captain to the sin bin and this time England capitalised and scored a converted try which levelled the scores.

 

The Blacks Ferns were more skillfull but England showed more Bulldog spirit and this aggression gave away a kickable penalty which they took and went ahead.

 

England tried desperately at the death but were forced to finish the match with 14 players after they had used their entire bench and Alice Richardson had to be stretchered off.

 

More to follow.

 

Final Score England Women 10 New Zealand Women 13

 

Attendance : 13,253

 

Teams

 

England: Danielle Waterman (Worcester), Charlotte Barras (Saracens), Emily Scarratt (Lichfield), Rachael Burford (Richmond), Katherine Merchant (Worcester); Katy McLean (Darlington), Amy Turner (Richmond); Rochelle Clark (Northumbria), Amy Garnett (Saracens), Sophie Hemming (Bristol), Tamara Taylor (Darlington), Jo McGilchrist (Wasps), Sarah Hunter (Lichfield), Margaret Alphonsi (Saracens), Catherine Spencer (Bristol, capt.)

 

Replacements: Emma Croker (Richmond), Claire Purdy (Wasps), Becky Essex (Richmond), Sarah Beale (Lichfield), La Toya Mason (Wasps), Alice Richardson (Richmond), Amber Penrith (Worcester)

 

New Zealand

 

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