|New Zealand: (57)|
|Tries: Holmes 2, Leti-l’iga, Hirini, Mikaele-Tu’u, Fitzpatrick, Wickliffe 2, Roos; Cons: Holmes 6.|
|Scotland: (0) 0|
Scotland have crashed out of the Rugby World Cup after suffering a heavy defeat against hosts New Zealand in Whangarei.
Renee Holmes, Ayesha Leti-l’iga, Sarah Hirini, Liana Michael-Tu’u, Theresa Fitzpatrick, Renee Wickliffe and Maia Roos crossed over for the Black Ferns in a clinical performance.
Scotland improved after the break but were unable to get on the scoreboard.
It leaves Bryan Easson’s team without a win after defeats against Wales and Australia.
New Zealand, roared on by a passionate home team, burst out of the blocks and scored their first try within two minutes.
Holmes finished the sustained pressure in the corner after some fine hands from Fitzpatrick and Hazel Tupic.
Scotland stunned and the Black Ferns showed all their flair in attack – smoother handling and solid carries saw Leti-l’iga and Hirini both cross before Mikaele-Tu’u crashed over to secure the bonus point.
There was no disappointment, and the fifth attempt was undoubtedly the best. Fitzpatrick collected a brave offload from Alana Bremner, and somehow landed the ball under pressure from several Scottish defenders.
Scotland can count themselves unlucky to score a sixth try – Tupic’s pass to release Wickliffe looked good but the referee waved play on and there were two tacklers on the wing to score.
Wickliffe went to his second right on the stroke of halftime to complete a one-sided first 40.
Scotland looked a different outfit after the break, building in phases and raising questions about New Zealand for the first time.
Shona Campbell was brilliant with ball in hand, and twice Scotland came within meters of the home try-line only to see possession taken away.
They were able to tighten things up defensively as well, showing all the spirit and fight that characterized their first two group games.
New Zealand crossed through Roos, but it took a great offload from Natalie Delamere to unlock the Scottish defence.
Another brilliant move saw Sylvia Brunt run past Liz Musgrove and feed Holmes to score New Zealand’s ninth try of the match, and seal an impressive victory.
Scotland coach Bryan Easson: “We cooled down a bit, but in the second half we kept the ball much better. That shows what they are doing.
“We are ready to start again, and we want to come back at this stage. The two bonus points we lost could have been two wins, we are so close.”
New Zealand: Holmes; Wickliffe, Du Plessis, Fitzpatrick, Letitia; Tubic, Marino-Tauhinu; Love, Ponsonby, Rule, Ngan-Woo, Roos, Bremner, Hirini, Mikaele-Tu’u.
Replacements: Delamere, Murray, Kalounivale, Bremner, Reynolds, Cocksedge, Brunt, Demant.
Scotland: Campbell; Lloyd, Orr, Thomson, Smith; Nelson, Mattinson; Wright, Skeldon, Belisle, Wassell, Bonar, Malcolm (capt), McLachlan, Konkel-Roberts.
Replacements: Rettie, Bartlett, Dougan, O’Donnell, McMillan, McDonald, Smith, Musgrove.
Judge: Aurelie Groizeleau