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Black Ferns too good for Canada in Dublin

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 23/11/2016
Selica Winiata of the Black Ferns © Getty Selica Winiata of the Black Ferns

Two tries to fullback Selica Winiata has helped New Zealand see off Canada 20-10 in Dublin.

The Black Ferns, ranked No.1 in the world, never trailed their second-ranked opponents, scoring three tries to two.

The result follows a 25-20 win over world champions and third-ranked England in London.

Halfback Kendra Cocksedge, the standout performer against England, created Winiata's first try at Donnybrook Stadium when she scythed through a gap.

A Cocksedge penalty put New Zealand 8-0 ahead at halftime although they received a late setback in the first spell when lock Charlene Gubb was shown a yellow card for a professional foul.

Canada couldn't capitalise but they were next to score in the 52nd minute when fullback Magali Harvey scored following an intercept.

Reserve prop Aotearoa Mata'u powered over but another New Zealand yellow card, to Eloise Blackwell, was pounced on by the Canadians who scored through Laura Russell to trail 15-10.

Winiata bagged her second try with 12 minutes remaining following a sizzling break from deep by winger Renee Wickliffe.

While pleased with the result, Black Ferns coach Glenn Moore lamented shortcomings in their performance.

"There were parts of that game that were messy, particularly the recycling of some of our ball, which made it difficult to get continuity," he said.

"The thing that will be disappointing is that we should have converted a few more breaks into points."

Moore says several of his players were nursing injuries, leaving the prospect of changes for their final tour match against Ireland in Dublin on Monday.

The Irish beat the Black Ferns in pool play at the last World Cup, effectively ending their title defence.

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