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Last Updated: Saturday, 22 October 2005, 13:57 GMT 14:57 UK
Black Ferns cruise to England win
World champions New Zealand swept aside England Women 33-8 at Auckland's Eden Park on Saturday.

The English were let down by poor defence and a lack of attacking opportunities, while the Black Ferns ran in a total of five tries.

The hosts coasted to an 18-3 half-time lead, with Karen Andrew kicking England's sole points.

New Zealand added two more tries in the second half, while Vanessa Gray got a consolation score in the 75th minute.

England head coach Geoff Richards said: "We just didn't front up. Our defence was poor and our line-out wasn't much better.

"New Zealand have some talented players as do England, but they seemed to take to the field more determined to win.

"We have another test against the Black Ferns in Hamilton in four days time and, with that in mind, we will look at the tapes to see where we went wrong and what we can do to fix this result."


New Zealand: Amiria Marsh, Claire Richardson, Hannah Myers, Exia Edwards, Stephanie Mortimer, Anna Richards, Emma Jensen, Marina Canterbury, Rochelle Martin, Melissa Ruscoe, Victoria Heighway, Monalisa Codling, Casey Robertson, Fiao'o Fa'amausili, Helen Va'aga
Replacements: Karina Penetito, Diane Maliukaetau, Kimberley Smith, Justine Lavea, Waimania Teddy, Piki Solomon, Amy Williams

England: Rochelle Clarke (Henley), Selena Rudge (Wasps), Vanessa Gray (Wasps), Rachel Vickers (Richmond), Catherine Spencer (Folkestone), Shannon Baker (Richmond), Helen Clayton (Saracens), Georgia Stevens (Clifton), Joanne Yapp (Worcester), Karen Andrew (Saracens), Kim Shaylor (Worcester), Kimberly Oliver (Clifton), Michaela Staniford (Henley), Nicky Crawford (Worcester), Sue Day (Wasps)
Replacements: Amy Garnett (Saracens), Vanessa Huxford (Wasps), Margaret Alphonsi (Saracens), Karen Jones (Wasps), Danielle Waterman (Henley), Alice Richardson (Worcester), Vicky Massarella (Saracens).


Tour schedule:

Saturday 15 Oct: England 53-0 Samoa, The Ericsson Stadium, Auckland 0600 BST

Wednesday 19 Oct: England 40-8 New Zealand A, North Harbour Stadium, 0400 BST

Saturday 22 Oct: England v New Zealand, Eden Park, Auckland, 0230 BST

Wednesday 26 Oct: England v New Zealand, Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, 0530 BST




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