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Black Ferns beat Wallaroos in big freeze

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 13/06/2017

Selica Winiata of New Zealand makes a break during the Women's International Test match. © Getty Images Selica Winiata of New Zealand makes a break during the Women's International Test match. The Black Ferns have defied wintry conditions to beat an improved Australia 44-17 in their women's international series rugby Test in Christchurch.

New Zealand ran in eight tries to three in icy temperatures, accompanied by strong wind, hail and rain.

The result makes it two-from-two for the world No.1 ranked hosts in the four-nations series following their 28-16 defeat of third ranked Canada in Wellington on Saturday.

World champions England are also unbeaten, following up their opening 53-10 crushing of Australia with a 27-20 win over Canada on Tuesday.

It sets up a series decider between New Zealand and England in Rotorua on Saturday, a match which precedes the tour match between the British and Irish Lions and the Maori All Blacks.

Australia proved more combative than when they lost 67-3 to the Black Ferns in Auckland last October.

Fullback Selica Winiata, who scored four tries at Eden Park, bagged an early double as New Zealand powered 34-5 ahead by halftime.

Winger Portia Woodman also bagged a double while other tryscorers were prop Toka Natua, winger Honey Hireme, halfback Kendra Cocksedge and flanker Charmaine Smith.

They notched just two conversions in the dreadful conditions which marred their first South Island match for 20 years.

Australia won the second half 12-10, boosted by tries to Cheyenne Campbell and Victoria Latu. Their first-half try went to winger Cobie-Jane Morgan.

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