England’s women follow the men
England women beat the Black Ferns of New Zealand for the third toime in eight days.
It was great day for England at Twickenham on Saturday. Both teams – the senior men and the senior women – played against New Zealand, the holders of a Rugby World Cup and so are referred to as World Champions, and both won convincingly
The men broke records in winning 38-21 and the women had their most convincing win over New Zealand in November – their third match in eight days.
They won the first 16-13, the second 17-8 and this won 32-23, scoring five tries to three.
The men’s team played first and in stirring fashion and then the women entered HQ for a match in which they were always ascendant.
Kat Merchant, from a move that started with a tap penalty inside the England 22, and Emily Scarratt scored to open the scoring with tries. Emily Scarratt converted her own try. Rawin Everitt scored a try for the lack Ferns and Kat Merchant got her second try and prop Roz Crowley a try. Selica Winiata scored just before half-=time to make the score at the break 24-15 to England.
The scoring abated somewhat in the second half, each side scoring a try - Jo Watmore for England and then, just before the final whistle,, Kendra Cocksedge for New Zealand.
England’s coach Gary Street said: "Obviously we're hugely delighted to have won here at Twickenham and to wrap up the series in front of a big home crowd. The players, as a group, were once again outstanding and they showed tremendous mental strength to get through this series and win it 3-0.
"There is a lot of trust in this group and that shows every time a squad member pulls on the England shirt. We may not have won a World Cup for many years but we are definitely the number one side in the world at the moment."
Tries: Kat Merchant 2, Emily Scarratt, Roz Crowley, Jo Watmore
Cons: Emily Scarratt 2
Pen: Emily Scarratt
For New Zealand:
Tries: Rawinia Everitt, Selica Winiata, Kendra Cocksedge
Cons: Kelly Brazier
Pens: Kelly Brazier 2
England: 15 Emily Scarratt, 14 Katherine Merchant, 13 Joanne Watmore, 12 Alice Richardson, 11 Michaela Staniford, 10 Katy McLean, 9 Natasha Hunt, 8 Sarah Hunter, 7 Heather Fisher, 6 Marlie Packer, 5 Rowena Burnfield, 4 Tamara Taylor, 3 Laura Keates, 2 Victoria Fleetwood, 1 Rosemarie Crowley
Replacements: 16 Emma Croker, 17 Sophie Hemming, 18 Rochelle Clark, 19 Emily Braund, 20 Hannah Gallagher, 21 La Toya Mason, 22 Amber Reed, 23
New Zealand: 15 Kelly Brazier, 14 Selica Winiata, 13 Shakira Baker, 12 Claire Richardson, 11 Hazel Tubic, 10 Kendra Cocksedge, 9 Emma Jensen, 8 Casey Robertson, 7 Justine Lavea, 6 Aroha Savage, 5 Rawinia Everitt, 4 Eloise Blackwell, 3 Stephanie TeOhaere-Fox, 2 Fiao'o Fa’amasuilI (captain), 1 Ruth McKay
Replacements: 16 Karina Stowers, 17 Kathleen Wilton, 18 Aleisha Nelson, 19 Jackie Patea, 20 Lydia Crossman, 21 Teresa Te Tamaki, 22 Anika Tiplady, 23 Halie Hurring
Referee: Sherry Trumbull (Canada)
Assistant referees: Philip Davies (England) , Dino Maddern (England)
Tel;evision match official: Steve Leyshon (England)