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New Zealand Triumphant

The comment under the French Women’s rugby romp against the USA in “L’Equipe,” the daily French sports newspaper, asked, “Who Are These Women?”  The rhetorical inquiry pondered the true capability of Les Bleues who beat the Black Ferns but lost to Canada in this five-nation Women’s rugby Super Series contested in San Diego.

France handily defeated the Eagles 53-14, walking in seven tries and giving the USA a sound beating. The victory gave the French side a 2-2 record, or third place. For the Eagles, the loss took them to 1-3, and last place in the event.

France lead 20-0 at the break and piled on 33 more points in the second half. There were few moments of optimism for the USA squad.

In the championship game, New Zealand defeated England 28-13 to secure again their first place World Rugby ranking, The Red Roses went ahead 10-3 but a resilient Black Fern fifteen rallied to lead 15-10 at half time. England narrowed the margin to 15-13 after the break, but then New Zealand scored two tries to an English penalty to secure a win, and a return to the top spot.

Black Ferns Renee Wickcliff notched a hat trick.

This was England’s first test match defeat in 17-months.

Final standings in the Super Series:

New Zealand 3-1

England 3-1

France 2-2

Canada 1-3

USA 1-3