New Zealand win Women’s World Cup

Sep 06, 2010

 England and New Zealand, the two best teams in the tournament, went at it hammer and tongs for the full 80 minutes in the Women's Rugby World Cup Final with the Black Ferns emerging triumphant.

It was a magnificent achievement by New Zealand who clinched their fourth title with a narrow 13-10 win in front of a crowd of 13,253.

The Black Ferns had to overcome three yellow cards but their territorial dominance and incredible defence ensured a worthy win. The passion was evident even before the kick off as England fronted up to the Black Ferns' pre match haka as the two teams met for the third consecutive World Cup Final.

Pinned back in their own 22, the home side were indebted to some early New Zealand indiscipline to relieve pressure and were also let off the hook by an eighth minute penalty miss by Brazier 

It was all New Zealand in the opening 10 minutes. England were largely restricted to tackling duties and unable to hang onto possession when it did come their way.

However, despite their numerical disadvantage, the Black Ferns struck first when tournament sensation Carla Hohepa just evaded Rachael Burford and stepped Amy Turner to score the game's first try. Brazier converted for 7-0.

It was a huge blow for England and compounded when McLean hit the upright with a penalty attempt with the last kick of the half to make the half time score 7-0 to New Zealand.

England needed to start the second half well and the chance promptly came as the Black Ferns conceded yet another penalty and McLean opened England's account.

As the tension grew, Brazier's second penalty opened up a 10-3 lead for the Black Ferns, but they lost their skipper Melissa Ruscoe to yet another yellow card.

The game was on the line as England opted to scrummage from the penalty and, after great work from the pack, the ball was popped onto the blindside for Charlotte Barras to score her fourth try of the tournament. McLean nailed a superb conversion to level the scores.

The Black Ferns aren't the reigning champions for nothing, however, as they forced a penalty in the England 22 and Brazier kept her nerve to make it 13-10.

Said Melissa Ruscoe, New Zealand captain: "It doesn't quite feel real, but it's an unbelievable feeling. The girls just put their whole heart into it and got us through the game.”

Third place play off

Australia overcame a nervy and tentative start to the third place play-off to beat France 22-8, scoring four first half tries at the Twickenham Stoop to sign off from Women's Rugby World Cup 2010 on a winning note.

Fifth and sixth place play off

USA claimed fifth place with an entertaining and slender 23-20 victory over their North American rivals Canada at Surrey Sports Park.

Seventh and eighth play off

Ireland claimed seventh place with an entertaining 32-8 victory over arch-rivals Scotland.

Ninth and 10th place play off

Wales finished their Women's Rugby World Cup 2010 campaign on a high as they avenged their earlier pool defeat to South Africa with a 29-17 victory at Surrey Sports Park in the ninth place play-off.

Eleventh and 12 place play off

Kazakhstan ensured they ended Women's Rugby World Cup 2010 on a high by recording their first win of the tournament with a 12-8 victory over Sweden.

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