Tuesday 17 July 2018

Woodman runs riot in Black Ferns' demolition of Hong Kong

Portia Woodman of New Zealand. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Portia Woodman of New Zealand. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

Anyone who was in the Belfield Bowl last November when New Zealand handed Ireland a lesson would have seen how devastating a finisher Portia Woodman is, and nine months after she scored a hat-trick, she is back in UCD causing havoc on the world stage.

Against Wales last Wednesday, the flying winger opened her try-scoring account and against Hong Kong yesterday she ran riot, helping herself to an incredible eight tries for 350 metres.

The Black Ferns were utterly ruthless in their 19-try demolition of a hapless Hong Kong side, who for the second game in-a-row, failed to score a single point. Having conceded 98 points to Canada, Hong Kong leaked another 121 against an awesome New Zealand side who are gunning to win back the title.


Canada kept up their side of the bargain to set up a mouthwatering shoot-out with the Black Ferns on Thursday as they edged Wales 15-0.

Prolific winger Magali Harvey was again instrumental in the Canadians' victory, but they didn't have it all their own way against a stubborn Welsh outfit.

Elsewhere in Pool B, England weren't at their best, but still had far too much quality for Italy.

Emily Scarratt scored a brace of tries, while so too did Danielle Waterman and Lydia Thompson, as the defending champions ran out comfortable 56-13 winners.

USA stuttered against the Italians in their opener, but they took their performance up a notch against a Spanish side who were easily beaten for the second game running. Naya Tapper was a threat throughout and she crossed the whitewash twice en route to a 43-0 win.

In Ireland's pool, France ensured that they didn't slip up against Australia as they strolled to a facile 48-0 victory. Shannon Izar crossed for a hat-trick.

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