Black Ferns double up as Roses settle for sixth
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.