New Zealand cane the United States 45-12 to book finals spot at Women's Rugby World Cup

What's Fresh 23/08/2017

Portia Woodman's four tries against the United States have thrust the rampant Black Ferns into the final of the women's Rugby World Cup in Dublin.

Woodman continued a blistering tournament as the unbeaten Black Ferns powered away 45-12 in the semi-finals, setting up a decider against England who downed France 20-3 in the second semi-final.

As has been the case all tournament, New Zealand had too much speed and precision for their opponents, scoring seven tries to two.

Five of them came after halftime, having ground out a 15-7 lead at the break.

And four of them went to irresistible winger Woodman, the scorer of eight tries in their pool thumping of Hong Kong last week.

With her team leading 8-7 midway through the first half, the 26-year-old produced a fine solo try to send momentum her team's way.

She was the beneficiary of some fine team attacks in the second spell, joined on the try-scorers' list by first five-eighth Victoria Subritzky-Nafatali, reserve hooker Te Kura Ngata-Aerengamate and second five-eighth Kelly Brazier.

Halfback Kendra Cocksedge kicked 10 points.

Four tries came in a dominant final quarter, with the Black Ferns seemingly unaffected by the absence of veteran loose forward Linda Itunu, who was shown a yellow card soon after her introduction from the bench.

New Zealand have scored 42 tries to five in four games at the tournament, including thumping wins over Wales, Hong Kong and Canada. The average scoreline is 65-7.

They will play for a fifth title in a final in Belfast on Sunday morning (NZT).

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