Jillaroos march on
The Jillaroos continued on their winning ways, the Silver Ferns sounded a warning shot with a comprehensive victory and Canada notched their first win of the 2017 Women's RLWC in day two action today.
In another complete performance the Australians shut out England in a 38-0 triumph in front of a healthy crowd at Southern Cross Group Stadium. The Kiwis followed in outclassing the Cook Islands by 76-0, while the final contest of the day proved to be a close contest, the Canadian Ravens getting home 22-8 to potentially book a place in the semi finals next week.
First up it was the Jillaroos against England, Sharks women's series stars Corban McGregor, Ruan Sims and Talesha Quinn running out for the Aussies, and it became apparent early that the home nation would prove a handful for their opponents.
The Jillaroos took a 24-0 lead to half time and while the English Lionesses competed hard after the break three more tries, for eight four pointers in all on the day, saw the Australians remain undefeated after their opening two matches of the World Cup.
As for the Sharks girls, McGregor was dangerous at right centre for the Jillaroos, with her bruising defence also a feature, Sims got through 54 minutes in her first outing at this World Cup, while Quinn, in just her second match in the green and gold of Australia again did her job for the winners playing on the right edge.
Following the Australian victory the New Zealand Silver Ferns flexed their muscle in totally dominating the Cook Islands.
Honey Hireme crossed for an incredible six of the 14 tries scored by the Ferns, who with two big wins look set to lay down a challenge to the Australians when the tournament reaches the pointy end.
Sharks Women's Series hooker Nita Maynard played 59 minutes for the Kiwis in the win.
Then in the final contest of the day it was the Canadian Ravens who managed their first victory of the World Cup with a hard-fought 22-8 win over PNG.
Featuring a team with limited rugby league experience but plenty of heart and tenacity, the Canadians led 10-4 at half time, an early second half try to the Orchids narrowed the gap to just two, before the Ravens went on with the job in the second period.
With a win and a loss from their two matches so far the Ravens are now in a position to push for a semi final berth. Their next opponents are the Australians in a match scheduled for Wednesday at 4.00pm.
Other matches to be played on Wednesday include New Zealand against PNG (6.30pm) and England v The Cooks Islands (1.45pm).