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Australia vs England
Rugby League World Cup - Women's
|Southern Cross Group Stadium, Sydney|
The Jillaroos have thumped England 38-0 at Southern Cross Group Stadium and keep their unbeaten record intact in the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.
The Australians were far too strong for the visitors and after running in six first-half tries, were able to add another two in the second, while keeping their own line intact with desperate defence.
The handling of both teams was less than impressive and will be something that will need to improve prior to the semi-finals that begin next weekend.
Isabelle Kelly was the standout in the backs for the Jillaroos and looked dangerous every time she touched the ball. On the other side of the field Corban McGregor was defensively superb and many young players could learn much from watching her technique.
Up front, Ruan Sims was an efficient as ever and led the assault on the English forwards and on the fringes, Lavina O’Mealey worked well with Ali Brigginshaw and Kezie Apps.
The unsung heroes of the day were the half and hooker. Caitlin Moran played a blinder and controlled the attack and rake, Brittany Breayley, was tireless in her work around the middle of the park.
For the English, Danielle Bound tried hard throughout and Sarah Dunn was a handful at times on the fringes, however, it was not to be England’s day, up against the might of the Jillaroos.
The Canadians will be the next target for the Australians and the English have a vital game against the Cook Islands, in a game that could decide the second semi-final spot in Group A.
Australia meet England in the second round of the Women’s Rugby League World Cup in Sydney. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary on Sunday afternoon from the game at Southern Cross Group Stadium, starting from 1:45pm (AEDT).
The Jillaroos will be looking for a solid performance against the English, firmly establishing their position as the number one team in pool A.
With their final match against Canada coming up on Wednesday, this is a chance to fine tune a few areas before the semi-finals begin next weekend.
The domination of the Cook Islands was expected and the English will struggle in the same way, with the speed and power in the Australian forwards a major threat.
England started well with a win against Papua New Guinea, yet will face an all the more difficult task in attempting to nullify the Jillaroos, who have weapons all over the park with which to attack.
Australia will win this game easily although converting dominance in possession into points against the brave English could prove more difficult than it may seem on paper.
Australia 44, England 8.
Join The Roar for live scores and commentary on Sunday afternoon from the game between Australia’s Jilaroos and England at Southern Cross Group Stadium, starting from 1:45pm (AEDT).