Improved Black Ferns win Super Series

Improved Black Ferns win Super Series

New Zealand's Black Ferns retained their world No.1 status when beating England 28–10 in their best performance to win the Women's Rugby Super Series in San Diego on Monday (NZT).


Beaten by France in their last outing, the New Zealanders demonstrated the benefit of a week's preparation to show superior fitness in the second and fourth quarters of the game against an England team that looked to stretch New Zealand out wide.

But the Black Ferns were composed, even in the face of two yellow cards in the game, with wing Renee Wickliffe scoring a hat-trick of tries, and brilliantly led in the loose by the find of the tournament, flanker Pia Tapsell, who had great support from No.8 Charmaine McMenamin and captain and openside flanker Les Elder.

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