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Black Ferns thrash Wallaroos in NZ

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 22/10/2016 Angelo Risso

The Black Ferns have kicked off their 2016 international campaign in the best possible way, pasting Australia's women's rugby team 67-3 at Eden Park.

The Kiwi outfit strolled to victory over their trans-Tasman opponents on Saturday afternoon, scoring 11 unanswered tries and proving to be a fitter, stronger and faster outfit.

New Zealand have one hand on the two-Test Laurie O'Reilly trophy, with the second leg to be played in Albany on Wednesday.

They will then head to Europe for Tests against England, Ireland and Canada.

The Black Ferns wasted no time getting on top of the Wallaroos, opening the scoring when skipper Fiao'o Fa'amausili arrived first to a Victoria Subritzky-Nafatali kick.

Australia hit back with an Ash Hewson penalty goal, but struggled to contain the speedy Black Ferns attack and turned the ball over too easily.

New Zealand nabbed their second try in the 15th minute when winger Renee Wickliffe broke through the middle of the field and passed to second five-eighth Chelsea Alley to score.

Star halfback Kendra Cocksedge stretched the lead further when she took a quick-tap penalty and squeezed over the line in the 20th minute.

The Black Ferns were carving open the Wallaroos defence at will, and scored again when fullback Selica Winiata finished off a line break from centre Portia Woodman.

Yet the worst of the first half was yet to come for Australia, as loosehead Louise Burrows went to the sin bin and Kiwi lock Eloise Blackwell barged over from the following play.

Despite heading into the break 31-3 ahead, the Black Ferns kept their foot on the gas in the second half.

The side took less than 10 minutes to push further ahead, as Cocksedge laid off for Subritzky-Natatali to snare a five-pointer.

Winiata then secured a hat-trick with two quick-fire tries, the latter of which involving a superb dummy to break open Australia's defence in the 66th minute.

Burrows then earned her marching orders in the 72nd minute with a second yellow card before Fa'amausili earned her second with four minutes remaining.

Winiata then rubbed salt in the Wallaroos' wounds with a lunging effort in the corner in the 79th minute, earning her fourth try before winger Honey Hireme scored another on the buzzer.

The margin of victory is the Black Ferns' largest ever over the Wallaroos.

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