New Zealand Women nail Quarter Final spot at World Cup

IRB     30 Jun 2013     IRB

The team raked up 17 tries with only one against from their three pool games and now face England in Sunday’s Quarter Finals at 12.28pm (8.28pm NZ time).
"Big ups to the girls, this is doing it for each other, and working hard for each other," said captain Huriana Manuel.

The team saw off Canada 20-5 in their final pool game after earlier crushing the fancied Netherlands team in a in a seven tries to nil blitz. They started the day beating Tunisia 36 nil in an early morning outing. The latter two victories both coming on Gorodok Stadium which is part of the Luzhniki Olympic complex.

Portia Woodman was the leading try scorer on another hot and humid day in the Russian capital bagging six tries including a three try brace against the Netherlands.

"I’m really pleased for the girls,” said coach Sean Horan. "We haven’t moved too far away from what we have been doing, it’s working for us. We focused on getting out of our pool and having the opportunity to win the pool.

"If you look at the profile of who we have got, we are not the biggest side, we come up against big sides, Russia are big, Canada are big, we just play what suits us, it was taxing, but it was taxing for them and us.

"The girls are pretty focused on what they want to achieve, they know it is not going to be easy by any means, we won’t get ahead of ourselves. They will be focusing on what they have to do."

And for the players, it’s quite simple.

"We felt our previous tournaments that our defence let us down so we can only improve on our defence and the simple things, doing them well," said Manuel.

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New Zealand 36 (Wickliffe, Hireme, Manuel (2), Woodman, Goss tries, Winiata, Nathan-Wong cons) Tunisia 0
New Zealand 41 (Manuel, Brazier (2), Woodman (3), Goss tries, Brazier, Nathan-Wong cons) Netherlands 0
New Zealand 20 (Hireme, McAlister, Woodman (2)) Canada 5 (Marchak)

Match Schedule Sunday 30 June (NZ time)
• Quarter Finals (from 8.28pm)
• Semi-Finals (from 11.56pm)
• 8.25pm Final (4.25am 1 July)