17 Aug 2017

Black Ferns need win for semi-final berth

12:29 pm on 17 August 2017

New Zealand women's rugby coach Glenn Moore says the team's final World Cup pool game against Canada is a must win for the Black Ferns.

 Canada in action against Wales

Canada in action against Wales Photo: Photosport

The Black Ferns have won their two opening matches against Hong Kong and Wales and sit top of Pool A, one point ahead of Canada.

Canada are also coming off good wins against Hong Kong and Wales and New Zealand coach Glenn Moore said the Black Ferns need to win the match to set themselves up for a clear run into the semi-finals.

"Whoever wins this game, probably wins the pool. We need to win it and ultimately, we'd like to win it with a bonus point."

Black Fern Portia Woodman scores against Hong Kong

Black Fern Portia Woodman scores against Hong Kong Photo: Photosport

He said he'd been happy with their 121 - nil win over Hong Kong which saw 19 tries scored - eight by winger Portia Woodman.

"The Hong Kong match was critical for us to score a good tally of points and have none scored against us. It will stand us in good stead if points differentials need to be calculated."

New Zealand, defending champions England and France currently sit top of the three pools, England only on points difference with USA also having accumulated the maximum 10 points.

That means the Women's Eagles occupy the best runner-up spot going into the climax of the pool stages, although Canada are only a point adrift of their North American rivals.

Canada, therefore, must get something out of their match with New Zealand or their dreams of going one better than their runners-up finish at WRWC 2014 will be over.

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