UPDATED: 7:11am – The New Zealand women’s rugby side is on course for a fifth World Cup after toppling the United States 45-12 in the semi-finals in Belfast.

Portia Woodman enjoyed a try scoring feast on the wing scoring four tries. However the Black Ferns didn’t have it all their own way as they only led 15-7 at halftime. The Black Ferns though took control in the second half playing the majority of the game in the opposition half and dominating possession.


Portia Woodman scored four tires in the Black Ferns win over the USA. Photo: Photosport

New Zealand was down to 14 players for 10 minutes late in the game when Linda Itunu was sin-binned for a high tackle, but they still managed to score a couple of tries in her absense. The Black Ferns scored seven tries in total.

Woodman has now scored 13 tries in the tournament – twice as many as the tournament’s next leading try scorer. Black Ferns captain Fiao’o Faamausili said was overjoyed to be in the final.

Te Kura Ngata Aerengamate scores against the USA. Photo: Photosport

“I’m just so excited…and full credit to the USA team they kept battling right through to the 80th minute, so we have a lot of respect for them and they really gave it to us,” she said.


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