Black Ferns dou­ble up as Roses set­tle for sixth

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ENG­LAND Women topped their pool with wins over Aus­tralia, USA and China to progress to the quar­ter­fi­nals in Dubai but a sec­ond day col­lapse left them in sixth-place fin­ish in Dubai.

Led by cap­tain Ab­bie Brown, Eng­land pro­vided the main talk­ing point of day one when they out­foxed de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Aus­tralia to land a 26-12 win. Brown, Emma Uren and El­lie Kil­dunne were on the score­sheet in a wake-up call de­feat for the Aussies.

Dom du Toit’s dou­ble in a 33-5 win over China set up a re­match in the quar­ters.

Deb­o­rah Flem­ing gave Eng­land an early head start af­ter break­ing the Aus­tralian line 28 sec­onds into the first half but it wasn’t long be­fore their op­po­nents re­sponded with scores through Char­lotte Caslick, El­lia Green and Eva­nia Pelite.

Aus­tralia ex­tended their ten-point half-time lead as Pelite dot­ted down twice to seal her hat-trick and put the game out of Eng­land’s reach. Jess Breach scored a late try in a 12-27 de­feat.

Eng­land bounced back to beat Ire­land 22-17 and se­cure a fifth-place play-off against Rus­sia thanks to Brown’s ef­forts to con­tinue her record of scor­ing in each match of the tour­na­ment. But Rus­sia proved too strong, 12-7.

New Zealand beat Canada in the fi­nal 26-14 to back up their open­ing leg vic­tory in Glen­dalem,USA.

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