Women's World Cup: NZ too good for Wallaroos

Women’s World Cup: NZ too good for Wallaroos

Women’s World Cup: NZ too good for Wallaroos

Soon looks to clearThe defending world champion Black Ferns outclassed Australia 32-5 in a high quality pool match, making a tough ask of Australia to make the semis of the Women’s World Cup.

The Black Ferns played smart footy to pin Australia in their own quarter and capitalised with three tries in the first 23 minutes.

New Zealand won good field position with intelligent kicking and built their dominance over Australia with fearsome defence. Constant pressure on Australia’s flyhalf, Tobie McGann, quashed Australia’s attacking threat, and the Black Ferns took the opportunity presented by an Australian mistake to score their first try.

From that point, New Zealand never looked like losing. When in their own half, they moved the ball quickly and kicked to the opposite corner, which isolated and pressurised the Austalian outside backs. This pressure resulted in a try, but also the sinbinning of winger Cobie Morgan.

Enthusiastic runners and good continuity gave New Zealand their bonus point try at 32 minutes.

Australia steadied the ship in the late phases of the first half when Morgan returned, and made some capital from a New Zealand sinbinning. Halfback Cheryl Soon played skilfully and did her best to get Australia on the front foot while some joy came with a try to prop Lindsay Morgan.

But New Zealand remained both composed and scintillating in attack, taking direction from the impressive halves and running lovely lines.

Australian coach John Manenti will be disappointed that lock Kate Porter was also sinbinned, making it five yellow cards for the squad in two matches. He will, however, be pleased that the girls continued to fight hard throughout, managing to get some possession and string some good quality phases together.
Australia now require a massive bonus point win over South Africa on 28 August to make it through, and also need favourable results in the other two pools to take the best pool runner-up finals position.

Foxsports 2 will show the South Africa match at 7am, 29 August. The match will be streamed live on rwcwomens.com, and you can catch match replays from the same site.

  • sammy

    Can we get some video highlights on these matches?

    Saw the kiwis play the poms at twickers last year – not to be patronising but it is a fairly good laugh and actually they pull out some pretty smart plays.

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  • todd4

    We just gave away too many penalties. Poor disipline meant they were continually getting pinged and were on the back foot for a lot of the first half. You can’t do that against NZ where unfortunately their female team is just as good as their male team. NZ played with great composure and were just too good on the day.Lets hope the girls have a big win against SA on the weekend.

    • Yep, hopefully the girls can finish the pool round very strongly against SA.

      RWCWomens.com has the Pools and Standings. According to that, the runners-up rankings are currently:

      1. France (Pool C): 8pts, +16 F&A
      2. USA (Pool B): 5pts, +41 F&A
      3. Australia (Pool A): 5pts, -16 F&A
      4. Ireland (Pool C): 5pts, 17 F&A

      We still have a shot. These are the remaining fixtures of particular interest:

      – USA play England (who beat Ireland 27-0 and Kazakhstan 81-0, while Ireland beat USA 22-12).

      – France play Canada, who had bigger wins over Scotland and Sweden than France did.

      – Ireland play Kazakhstan, who lost 51-0 to USA and 81-nil to England.

      SO, if England beat USA and Canada beat France – both quite conceivable – we will still need to beat South Africa with a greater or equal margin than what Ireland beats Kazakhstan by.

      And, if France lose, our F&A will need to be better than Canada’s, which is currently 57.

      Let’s hope the girls can get that ball wide!

  • KiwiPower

    Amanda if you check calcs you’ll see that Aus has a pts diff of minus 13 (beat Wales by 14, lost NZ by 27) and that Ireland’s pts diff is minus 17 (altho you may have just omitted the neg sign).

    The formula is simple, Eng and Can will easily beat USA and France. It’ll be a race between Aus and Ire and you have a +4 pts diff over them. However they face a significantly weaker opponent.

    Your comment about France losing is irrelevant to Canada’s position in regard to Aus because if Can beats France then they go thru to semis as pool winner, whilst at the same time knocking France of contention.

    • Yeah, I must have been a bit sleepy, apologies.

      If France WIN, we’ll need better for and against than Canada, which is a big ask. And, yes, Ireland has the best chance.

      Sorry for the confusion.

  • KiwiPower

    Umm . . . Amanda, do you mean if Fra “WINS” because if Can beat Fra (which they should) they advance as group winners & Fran are goneburgers. I also think Eng will beat USA comfortably which will eliminate them from contention.

    Therefore most likely scenario is Ire (with a points diff of MINUS 17) and Aus (with a points diff of -13*) will compete for the 4th semi spot.* Aus won by 14 v Wales and lost by 27 v NZ = -13 not -16.

    Ire are favoured to go through based on its significantly inferior opposition, however, Aus has a fighting chance like you say.

  • KiwiPower

    Umm Amanda I think you mean if Farance “wins” not loses cos if Canada beats them them Fra are out and Can wins pool.

    Plus I think Oz diff is -13 not -16 and Ire’s is -17 giving Oz a +4 head start over Ire (every poit counts!).

    On form, France and US don’t stand a chance v Can and Eng so it’s all in Oz gurls hands now. Good luck.


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