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New Zealand easily defeated the USA 35-3.  The win plus the bonus points give the Black Ferns 11 total pool points, which will place them in fifth place to play Wales (8th place) in the lower tier, second round. It’s a small consolation that this game will be in Jean Bouin Stadium and not on the pitch at Marcoussis. (USA game in detail by Pat Clifton.)

Ireland triumphed as expected over Kazakhstan 41-5, giving them 13 points pool total, and, probably, a second place finish. They will play England in the 2nd and 3rd place semi-final game in the Stadium, August 13.

Wales made short work of South Africa 35-3 to qualify for the 8th spot. The Taffies will face off against the Black Ferns in the Stadium.