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England women thrashed by New Zealand in World Cup semi-final

26 Novembre 2017

A Honey Hireme hat-trick has spearheaded the Kiwi Ferns' Women's Rugby League World Cup 52-4 semi-final win over England in Sydney on Sunday.

Despite a slow start in the first half, the Kiwi Ferns dominated in the second half, becoming the first team to qualify for the final on Saturday.

Wing Honey Hireme says they weren't ideal.

England started the match with their backs against the wall after they knocked the ball on from the kick off gifting New Zealand with a great early attacking chance.

A slick backline move led to Maitua Feterika running over the opening points of the game in the second minute.

England conceded two tries in the first six minutes but hit back through Tara-Jane Stanley, who pounced on a kick from half-back Kirsty Moroney to score midway through the first half, and they trailed only 14-4 at the break.

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Hireme, crossed over for the first of her three tries of the day after just six minutes of the second half, finding enough space down the side-line to plant the ball down as New Zealand started to look risky.

It continues their run of making every final in the tournament's history dating back to 2000.

The Kiwi Ferns have easily booked the first spot in next week's women's Rugby League World Cup final.

There they will play the reigning world champions, Australia, who were were 58-6 winners over Canada in the other semi-final.

The final takes place in Brisbane on 2 December as part of a double-header with the men's World Cup final.

The Jillaroos scored at over a point a minute in the opening 40 minutes of play, before overcoming a small fight back in the second half to run 11 tries past the fearless Canadians.

England women thrashed by New Zealand in World Cup semi-final