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Australia vs Canada

2017 Women's Rugby League World Cup, November 22

Southern Cross Group Stadium, Cronulla, NSW, Aus
Australia Canada
88 SCORE 0
18 Tries 0
8 Conversions 0
0 Penalty Goals 0
0 Field Goals 0

Australia have qualified for the semi-finals of the Women’s Rugby League World Cup, but will be wary of Canada, who have already pulled off one upset. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage of the Jillaroos’ final group game from 4pm (AEDT).

The Australians have had two commanding wins and are well on the way to setting up the expected final with New Zealand, who are topping Group B.

After posting a 58-4 win over the Cook Islands on the first day of the tournament, they romped to victory in somewhat surprising circumstances against England.

The English were supposed to put up a much greater fight, after beating Papua New Guinea in their opening match, but Australia again held their line, running out 38-0 winners.

Not conceding a point sums up Australia’s tournament so far, the Jillaroos having not let their guard down for a moment.

Their attack, led by halves Maddie Studdon and Ali Brigginshaw, has also been dangerous, their decision-making having been almost perfect across the 160 minutes of play so far.

Canada faced a tough opening to the tournament, going down as expected to New Zealand 50-4. This being the crossover game though, leaves them with plenty of incentive after they pulled off a shock upset over Papua New Guinea last time out.

Because it’s their turn for the crossover match, for the Ravens to miss the semi-finals, they will need to not only lose to the Jillaroos (which is likely) but also have the Orchids beat New Zealand (which isn’t likely).

So, with the Ravens essentially having qualified – barring a miracle – they can chance their hand in this game. Halves Stevi Schnoor and Michelle Helmeczi combining with Irene Patrinos is their best chance to put points on the Australians, but even then, the forward pack probably aren’t going to be able to match the Jillaroos, led by Ruan Sims.

Australia should record a reasonably easy victory, but don’t expect this to be as ugly as their opening match of the tournament.

Australia by 24.

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  • Roar Guru

    Scott Pryde said | 5:56pm | ! Report

    Thanks for joining me this afternoon on The Roar for our live coverage of the Women’s Rugby League World Cup as Australia beat Canada in a canter.

    Hopefully you enjoyed the call.

    We will have coverage of the Jillaroos semi-final on Sunday, as well as both men’s semi-finals, starting with Australia and Fiji from 8pm (AEDT) on Friday.

    Bye for now.

  • Roar Guru

    Scott Pryde said | 5:54pm | ! Report

    Thoughts on the game Roarers?

  • Roar Guru

    Scott Pryde said | 5:54pm | ! Report

    If Australia had of kicked all their goals, it would have been 108-0. They missed 10.

    Summary of scorers.

    Vanessa Foliaki (3)
    Zahara Temara (3)
    Corban McGregor (2)
    Chelsea Baker (2)
    Maddie Studdon (1)
    Ruan Sims (1)
    Elianna Walton (3)
    Karina Brown (3)

  • Roar Guru

    Scott Pryde said | 5:50pm | ! Report

    That’s just unbelievable. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a game of rugby league like that. Canada’s defence was woeful and Australia racked up 18 tries on the way to a record victory. Australia had about 75% possession for the game.

    The scary part? If Papua New Guinea lose to New Zealand as expected tonight, Australia will play Canada in the semi-final on Sunday. Wow.

    Australia 88
    Canada 0

  • Roar Guru

    Scott Pryde said | 5:49pm | ! Report


    Australia 88
    Canada 0

  • Roar Guru

    Scott Pryde said | 5:48pm | ! Report

    Oh dear. This is almost funny. The Australians are laughing anyway. Can someone ring the siren? O’Mealey brought it back from the kick-off, then Brown went from dummy half, dummied through the line and put the foot down. She went straight around Patronis at the back and charged away to score.

    Australia 88
    Canada 0

  • Roar Guru

    Scott Pryde said | 5:46pm | ! Report


    Australia 84
    Canada 0

  • Roar Guru

    Scott Pryde said | 5:45pm | ! Report

    Temara and Taufa have Australia quickly back inside 20 on the first two plays, then it’s Studdon to Temara and Baker tackled on the sideline. Back to the middle and they spread to McGregor who steps in and around, but is tackled. Studdon at the line, opening a gap and Walton will collect the pass, going straight through it to complete the hat-trick for herself. This is unbelievable.

    Australia 82
    Canada 0

  • Roar Guru

    Scott Pryde said | 5:43pm | ! Report

    75′ – Naglis brings it away from the scrum for Canada before Reynolds is dragged backwards by the defence. Keller sent to ground on the next, Canada finally battling out of their red zone through Haupapa. Now a line break from Naglis, but her pass goes to ground and the Jillaroos come up with it.

    Australia 78
    Canada 0

  • Roar Guru

    Scott Pryde said | 5:42pm | ! Report

    74′ – O’Mealey fields the kick-off and it’s Taufa to bring it back. Kunst and Ruan Sims go through the middle, then Ballinger threatens to offload on halfway. Right they go to Studdon who kicks early over the top, the ball bouncing on a right angle over the sideline in the corner of the park.

    Australia 78
    Canada 0

  • Roar Guru

    Scott Pryde said | 5:41pm | ! Report


    Australia 78
    Canada 0

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