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England 6-20 New Zealand: Hosts’ hopes of reaching first World Cup final dashed

Mele Hufanga
Mele Hufanga was a key player in New Zealand’s victory
England:(6) 6
Tries: Goldthorp Goals: Stanley
New Zealand (8) 20
Tries: Hufanga, McGregor, Pule, Clark Goals: Nicholls-Pualau (2)

England’s hopes of reaching a first Women’s Rugby League World Cup were dashed by a 20-6 loss to a powerful New Zealand team in York.

Fran Goldthorp’s try had given the hosts a dream start but the Kiwi Ferns responded with tries from Mele Hufanga and Raecene McGregor before the break.

And tries from Otesa Pule and Brianna Clark rounded off the scoring for Ricky Henry’s side in front of a 7,139 crowd.

New Zealand now face Australia in Saturday’s final at Old Trafford.

More to follow.

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