Rugby World Cup: Wales 12-56 New Zealand


Portia Woodman wants to face Wales’ Natalia John
Wales (7) 12
Attempts: F Lewis, Evans Opposite: Snowsill
New Zealand (22) 56
Attempts: C Bremner, Woodman 2, Brunt 2, Fitzpatrick, Roos, Murray, Demant, Tui Cons: Diamond 3

Hosts New Zealand humiliated Wales in front of a sellout crowd in the Waitakere sun.

The reigning world champions were a change from the opening weekend but still scored 10 tries with two in Wales.

Portia Woodman extended her championship tally to five, and Sylvia Brunt also crossed twice.

Ffion Lewis and Kat Evans scored for Wales, who are second in Group A ahead of Australia, as the Black Ferns extended their lead.

Despite the result, Wales are still in good shape to secure a place in the play-offs.

The top two teams from the three groups are guaranteed places, along with the best third places.

More to follow.

New Zealand: Ruby Water; Renee Wickliffe, Sylvia Brunt, Theresa Fitzpatrick, Portia Woodman; Ruahei Demant (Captain) Ariana Bayler; Georgia Ponsonby, Tanya Kalounivale, Roos, Chelsea Bremner, Alana Bremner, Kendra Reynolds, Charmaine McMenamin.

Replacements: Luke Connor, Krystal Murray, St. John the Baptist, Joanah Ngan-Woo, Sarah Hirini, Kendra Cocksedge, Amy du Plessis, Hazel Tubic.

Wales: Kayleigh Powell; Jasmine Joyce, Megan Webb, Hannah Jones, Lisa Neumann; Elinor Snowsill, Ffion Lewis; Cara Hope, Kelsey Jones, Donna Rose, Natalia John, Siwan Lillicrap (captain), Gwen Crabb, Bethan Lewis, Sioned Harries.

Replacements: Kat Evans, Caryl Thomas, Sisilia Tuipulotu, Abbie Fleming, Alex Callender, Keira Bevan, Robyn Wilkins, Kerin Lake.

Judge: Hollie Davidson (Scotland)

Assistant referees: Julianne Zussman (Canada) and Tyler Miller (New Zealand)

TMO: Chris Assmus (Canada)