NZ start Women’s Rugby World Cup in style

New Zealand kicked off their bid for a fourth successive crown at Women’s Rugby World Cup tournament with a 55-3 rout of South Africa.

England picked up a late try bonus point and beat Ireland 27-0 while USA proved too strong for Kazakhstan and they ran out 51-0 winners.

Australia got their bid to create history by uniting the Sevens and 15-a-side World Cups off to a good start with a 26-12 victory over Wales on day one of the Women’s Rugby World Cup 2010, although they left it to the last minute to secure what could be a crucial bonus point.

Canada got off to a flying start against Scotland with a bonus point 37-0 victory, while France had to dig deep to defeat a Swedish side returning to the showpiece event in the Women’s Game after a 12-year absence.

France began their Women’s Rugby World Cup 2010 campaign with a slender 15-9 victory against Sweden in the second Pool C game at a grey and windy Surrey Sports Park in Guildford, England

New Zealand’s Black Ferns scored nine tries, six in the first half hour with the wind before a spate of replacements slowed them down in the second half at Surrey Sports Park.

Winger Carla Hohepa, the leading tryscorer at last year’s World Cup Sevens, bagged a hat trick before she was replaced, and center Huriana Manuel crossed for a pair.

The result left no doubt of the New Zealanders’ favoritism to add to their 1998, 2002 and 2006 titles.

Other opening day results:

Pool A

Wales 12 Australia 26
New Zealand 55 South Africa 3

Pool B
United States 51 Kazakhstan 0
England 27 Ireland 0

Pool C
Canada 37 Scotland 10
France 15 Sweden 9

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