2 Nov 2022
Matches in Pictures: NZ 46-0 France & Australia 74-0 Cook Islands
Relive the action as Kiwi Ferns scored nine tries in their opener while Jillaroos ran in 14
By Megan Armitage at the LNER Community Stadium
Katelyn Vaha’akolo and Roxy Murdoch-Masila scored dazzling try doubles to fire New Zealand to a hard-fought 46-0 win over France in York.
Ricky Henry's team were forced to earn their victory as Les Chanticleers put up a terrific fight in defence before Madison Bartlett finally opened the scoring in the 23rd minute for the heavily-fancied Kiwi Ferns.
Apii Nicholls, Amber Hall and Murdoch-Masila's first ensured the three-time champions went in 26-0 to the good at half-time.
And they took the second half by storm as Vaha’akolo crossed for two either side of Page McGregor's try before Murdoch-Masila grabbed her second and Shanice Parker rounded things off in style to send New Zealand temporarily top of Group B.
Relive the best of the action through a selection of the top photos from tonight's action.
Sensational Sammy Bremner got Australia's World Cup title defence off to a ferocious start with four tries in the 74-0 victory over the Cook Islands in York.
The reigning champions crossed consistently despite the stormy weather but 30-year-old co-captain Bremner stole the show in a 14-try demolition as history repeated itself, the Jillaroos having also defeated the Moana in their opening game in 2017.
Evania Pelite collected a hat-trick on debut while Tarryn Aiken and Julia Robinson bagged try doubles with Caitlan Johnston and debutants Shenae Ciesiolka and Taliah Fuimaono the other scorers on a comprehensive night for the world's No.1 side.
The emphatic scoreline saw Brad Donald's side leapfrog New Zealand at the top of Group B after the Kiwi Fearns had earlier beaten France 46-0.
Here are the best photos from tonight's second game.
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