New Zealand snapped England’s file 30 recreation profitable streak to win a pulsating Rugby World Cup ultimate 34-31 in entrance of a raucous, offered out Eden Park crowd.
The defending champion Black Ferns had been humiliated by England and France on final yr’s European tour however new coach Wayne Smith masterminded an unbelievable turnaround.
It seemed like England would pinch victory within the ultimate minute through their dominant lineout maul however the Kiwis stole the throw to ship 42,579 largely dwelling followers into delirium.
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England winger Lydia Thompson was despatched off within the 18th minute for a sickening head conflict that knocked out New Zealand famous person Portia Woodman.
”For me, it’s clear head on head, she’s coming across at speed, it’s a reckless action, so it’s a red card for me,” referee Hollie Davidson mentioned.
Woodman’s alternative, Ayesha Leti-I’iga, proved simply as dynamic, scoring two tries together with the final to place the Black Ferns in entrance.
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New Zealand 34 (Ayesha Leti-I’iga 2, Georgia Ponsonby, Amy Rule, Stacey Fluhler, Krystal Murray tries; Renee Holmes 2 conversions) England 31 (Amy Cokayne 3, Ellie Kildunne, Marlie Packer tries; Emily Scarratt 3 conversions). HT: 19-26
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