Kiwi Ferns shaky despite 38-0 PNG win

Nov 22, 2017 - 9:40 AM New Zealand have scored an unconvincing 38-0 win over Papua New Guinea to finish top of their pool at the women's Rugby League World Cup.

While the scoreline was emphatic, the Kiwi Ferns committed a litany of errors, blew several scoring opportunities and completed at just 55 per cent.

They also converted just one of their nine tries, a statistic they will need to address ahead of the knockout stage of the competition.

They also have concerns after fullback Raecene McGregor was taken from the field in the second half and did not return after she was dropped on her head in a tipping tackle.

The three-time world champions looked like one of the teams to beat following their 76-0 win over the Cook Islands three days earlier however were less convincing against the Papua New Guineans.

After leading 8-0 at halftime, the New Zealanders bombed a golden chance to score when centre Maitua Feterika dropped it over the line thanks to a desperate try-saver from Mala Mark.

They also had their moments of brilliance with all five members of their back five running in tries, with Feterika grabbing a double.

The Papua New Guineans went into the match with a chance to qualify for the semi-finals with a victory but rarely enjoyed field position.

The Kiwi Ferns will now meet England in Sunday's semi-final while Australia will face off against Canada.

Source: AAP

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