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Last Updated: Thursday, 27 October 2005, 00:07 GMT 01:07 UK
Black Ferns too good for England
England Women suffered their second defeat to world champions New Zealand in five days as they went down 24-15 at the Waikato Stadium in Hamilton.

It was an improved performance after their disappointing first Test 33-8 defeat against the Black Ferns.

England led 8-3 when Saracens lock Maggie Alphonsi dived over before Hannah Myers, Piki Solomon and full-back Amiria Marsh hit back for NZ.

Wasps centre Amy Turner scored England's second to cut the deficit.

"We are pleased with this performance," said coach Geoff Richards.

"We worked hard during the week and we have fixed some of the things that let us down first time around.

"We still have a long way to go but today was certainly a step up. We have come a long way in four days so we are pleased."

Jed Rowlands, the Black Ferns head coach, added: "Any win over a team like England is a good one.

"I think in the second-half our forwards played very well but we were let down in the backs. England were definitely on top in the second-half."

England: 1. Vanessa Huxford (Wasps), 2. Amy Garnett (Saracens), 3. Vanessa Gray (Wasps), 4. Catherine Spencer (Folkestone), 5. Rachael Vickers (Richmond), 6. Georgia Stevens (Clifton), 7. Maggie Alphonsi (Saracens), 8. Karen Jones (Wasps) (vc), 9. Jo Yapp (Worcester) (c), 10. Karen Andrew (Saracens), 11. Kim Shaylor (Worcester), 12. Amy Turner (Wasps), 13. Sue Day (Wasps), 14 Danielle Waterman (Henley), 15 Vicky Massarella (Saracens).
Replacements: 16. Selena Rudge (Wasps), 17 Hannah Dawson (Thirsk) 18. Tamara Taylor (Thirsk), 19. Shannon Baker (Richmond), 20. Alice Richardson (Worcester), 21. Charlotte Barras (Lichfield), 22. Nicky Crawford (Worcester)

New Zealand: 15. Amiria Marsh (Canterbury), 14. Piki Solomon (Otago), 13. Hannah Myers (Auckland), 12. Exia Edwards (Bay of Plenty), 11. Amy Williams (Hawkeżs Bay), 10. Anna Richards (Auckland, captain), 9. Emma Jensen (Auckland), 8. Marina Canterbury (Hawkeżs Bay), 7. Justine Lavea (Auckland), 6. Melissa Ruscoe (Canterbury), 5. Victoria Heighway (Auckland, vice captain), 4. Monalisa Codling (Auckland), 3. Casey Robertson (Canterbury), 2. Fiaożo Fażamausili (Auckland) and 1. Helen Vażaga (Auckland).
Reserves: 16. Karina Penetito (Auckland), 17. Diane Maliukaetau (Auckland), 18. Kimberley Smith (Canterbury), 19. Izzy Gray (Wellington), 20. Waimania Teddy (Auckland), 21. Huriana Manuel (Auckland) and 22. Victoria Blackledge (Auckland).

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