Women’s round-up: New Zealand head home unbeaten

Date published: November 28 2016

The Black Ferns were too powerful for Ireland as they departed Europe unbeaten following a 38-8 triumph in Dublin.

Portia Woodman’s hat-trick and a double from Selica Winiata helped New Zealand rack up a six-try win over their hosts at the UCD Bowl on Sunday, adding to their victories on tour over Canada and England.

Ireland centre Sene Naoupu was their only try scorer on a tough day for Tom Tierney’s side, who have also suffered losses this month against Canada and England.

England 39-6 Canada

England Women finished the month with a seven-try victory over Canada at Twickenham on Saturday.

Danielle Waterman scored an impressive solo try as she weaved in and out of Canadian defenders from her own 22, in her first Test at the Twickenham since 2011. However Canada responded with two Andrea Burk penalties to leave them only nine points behind at half-time.

England then ran away with the second half as they rounded off 2016 with an impressive win in front of a home crowd of over 12,000.

Head coach Simon Middleton said: “That was a brilliant way to end the Series. I am really pleased with the manner in which the team executed our game plan.

“It is always special to come out and play at Twickenham and the girls certainly delivered a great performance, both in attack and defence. There is still a lot for us to work on, but that has given us confidence today.”

France 31-6 USA

It was one-way traffic in Montpellier at the Altrad Stadium on Friday as France picked up a five-try win over the USA.

French full-back Laure Delas grabbed two of those tries, one come either side of half-time, adding a couple of conversions, as France never looked back once they had cancelled out an early penalty from USA fly-half Kimber Rozier.

The 2016 Women’s Six Nations champions also won the first meeting between the two sides 36-10 earlier in the week on Tuesday in Bézier, bouncing back from their loss earlier this month to England.

Spain 15-10 Scotland

Lastly in the Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017 Qualifying match in Madrid it was Spain who came out on top in their meeting with Scotland.

Take place at the Ciudad Universitaria in the Spanish capital, the hosts qualified for next year’s competition in Ireland as a result of their victory.

Marina Bravo, Patricia García and Amaia Erbina were the three scorers for Spain, with García, who participated for Spain at the Olympics in Rio earlier this year, grabbing the crucial score.