Women's Rugby League World Cup Round 2

With round 2 set to kick off we take a look at the match ups and how we think each team will do.

England vs Australia
The Lionesses made a bright start with an unanswerable performance against PNG. England made a few errors in their own half, thankfully they were able to recover with some good defence, against a team like the Jillaroos though it may not be the case. England's attack looked fantastic, plenty of line breaks, a couple of long distance tries and plenty of strong runs, England will have to hope for more of the same to beat the tournament favourites.

Australia saw off the Cook Islands in convincing style, a total of 11 tries for the Jillaroos, in their 58 points to 4 victory. Brigginshaw had an incredible game, 1 line break, 1 try and a try assist to cap it all off, she will definitely be on the Lionesses radar as one to watch. Caitlyn Moran had a game to remember; 2 tries, 2 line breaks and 3 goals, from the crafty halfback puts her on 14 points as the competitions joint leading point scorer.

New Zealand vs The Cook Islands
The Cook Islands didn't get the easiest of draws for an opening game, they faced returning Champions Australia. There were positives to take from the game, they did score, they did create chances and they did offer some sort of challenge in the game. Unfortunately a completion rate of 17 out of 29 set wise is going to need drastic improvement.

The Kiwi's will be delighted with their start to the competition, a 50 points to 4 routing of Canada. Even with only 42% of possession New Zealand still chalked up a real margin. The Ferns also struggled with efficiency as they only managed a completion rate of 50% (21 out of 42). The first game of a tournament is going to have a few errors and with any luck the standard will improve for the next game.

Papua New Guinea vs Canada
The Orchids showed signs of a lot of hard work coming together, to be honest the score didn't reflect just how well they did play. They made less errors than England, plenty of running metres and 4 line breaks on top of the two tries they scored. Kuk was a constant thorn in the side of the England defence, two try assists and a very impressive 149 attacking run metres highlight just how much of a talent this woman is. Papua New Guinea look like the stronger side coming into this game and I'm definitely backing them to win.

Canada took somewhat of a battering against a resurgent New Zealand side, they conceded 9 tries in their World Cup debut. I would like to see a more competitive game in this fixture and I believe it will be, with the exception of the scoreboard, Canada were very much alive and kicking in this game. If they can fine tune their finishing touches then the Ravens will stand a very good chance of a first World Cup win.



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