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Tuesday, September 07, 2010

New Zealand win the Women's World Cup final

New Zealand win the Women's World Cup final

New Zealand and England battled it out for the title of Womens Rugby World Cup champions on Sunday evening at the Twickenham Stoop, with the Black Ferns eventually proving too strong, winning 13-10 in a tense game that saw them having three players yellow carded.

The New Zealand ladies won a remarkable fourth successive title, but had to fight all the way as England gave as good as they got despite the visitors leading 7-0 at the break after a Carla Hohepa try.

It was heartbreak for England, playing at home, as they lost in their third title in a row, but were in the game with scores tied at 10-10 after a Charlotte Barras try while the Kiwis were down to 14 players.

Kelly Brazier kicked the decisive penalty in the 65th minute though, putting the title holders back in front as they held onto the lead and later lifted the trophy.

"These girls were brilliant today," said captain Melissa Ruscoe.

"Without a huge amount of resources -- we certainly didn't have anywhere near what other teams have had here -- but when you've got the support like we've had here, you're playing for everybody. You're not just playing for yourself, and I think that got us over the line," she added.

Meanwhile, impressive Black Ferns winger Carla Hohepa has taken the IRBs Womens Personality of the Year award for 2010. She finished as joint top try scored with seven tries, beating off other possible award favourites Maggie Alphonsi, Danielle Waterman, and Australias Nicole Beck.

Big congratulations must go out to all the girls who took part in what was a fascinating and enlightening tournament for all of those who attended and followed the games.

Below is an extended highlights video from the IRB. Enjoy.


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Posted at 2:31 pm | 36 comments

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Anonymous September 07, 2010 1:19 pm

wouldnt of like to seen the score if they played with a whole team for the whole match

get in first

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Anonymous September 07, 2010 1:32 pm

I'm not a real fan of womens rugby, but I appreciate it more after seeing this. Great tackles and running of both teams. The haka didn't really impress me.

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ConnachtFan September 07, 2010 2:05 pm

Haka started off as "Row Row row your boat" and ended up as "Achy breaky heart",,besides that, it looked like a solid game, well played !

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Anonymous September 07, 2010 2:14 pm

how can we have 18 minutes of womans rugby higlights and only 5 minutes of tri nations??? come on rd!

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RD September 07, 2010 2:39 pm

^ would you like me to cut the women's down to 4:50 to make things fair..?

That's what was available. If you'd like to edit Tri Nations highlights to 18 minutes, please submit the link once you're done. :)

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Anonymous September 07, 2010 2:58 pm

well said RD!

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Anonymous September 07, 2010 3:06 pm

Nice comeback RD ;)

If possible RD would you please compile Maggie Alphonsi's (England 7)hits. She was just awesome.

I agree with Anon 3.19pm and Connaccht, the haka didn't impress but the game did. Great rugby from both teams.

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dutchrugbyplayer September 07, 2010 3:13 pm

that haka was just...sweet. I don't know if it was meant that way but whatever.
Great respect for those women. This match was very entertaining and they both played some very proper rugby.

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Sean September 07, 2010 3:30 pm

My first viewing of women's rugby, there's no doubting the physicality and commitment in the tackles anyway.
Couldn't help but laugh at the english player running into her team mate under her own posts though.

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Anonymous September 07, 2010 3:51 pm

Great game, but is it just me, or is the English scrum half (Turner?) not exactly...well, built like a scrum half. I know we've seen Mike Philips and Joost van der Westhuizen break the mould size-wise in the men's game, but she looks like she should be in the front row!

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Anonymous September 07, 2010 3:59 pm

Why is the NZ 10 wearing sneakers and not proper boots with studs?!?

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granite September 07, 2010 4:09 pm

Will undoubtedly be corrected by someone, but I believe the dance at the start was not a haka, as what we see the guys do. I think a haka is meant to performed by guys only. I believe what we see here is a form of traditional dancing for the ladies (meant to be done with poi, perhaps?).
As I said, I don't even pretend to be an authority on it, but I thought it looked fine for what I think it is.

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Anonymous September 07, 2010 4:36 pm

What was with the ref? I never once saw one of the Kiwi's hold on to the tackled player and yet she sent three Black Fern's off for it...

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Anonymous September 07, 2010 4:37 pm

The ref wasn't exactly consistent. Some good skills shown by both sides.

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Xavier September 07, 2010 4:39 pm

At anon, well, I have to agree.

We've seen a few exceptions in men's rugby to the usual "scrumhalf mold", with players far taller and stronger, and that just worked great for the likes of mike phillips and joost van der westhuizen, but england's scrummie seems the exact opposite. She looks like a frontrower, and looks like a bit less agile and a bit slower, too.

Is a comparison between her and Januaire in order? Hmmmmmmmm


Cheers, RD

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Muirsheen Durkin September 07, 2010 4:56 pm

Maybe, Xavier, but I think she was much more useful to her team than Ricky Januarie.

Looks like it would've been a great game to see. Wish I lived in England/London and I could've gone.

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Anonymous September 07, 2010 5:32 pm

The England 9 (Amy Turner) actually started playing rugby as a hooker but was converted into a scrumhalf somewhere along the way.

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Anonymous September 07, 2010 6:17 pm

Abysmal, couldn't watch it. xD

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Anonymous September 07, 2010 6:26 pm

well played the black ferns !!
The referree was superb too
the 10 black ferns are not be able to move and sin bin
a second one 5 mn later for new zeland and for the same en glnd just penalty no card super!!

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Anonymous September 07, 2010 7:26 pm

ref was horrid,
some exciting moments, not the same as tri-nations or other tournaments, but good none-the-less

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EARugbyFan September 07, 2010 7:40 pm

Man,

Carla Hohepa had an excellent world cup. Good on her.

With such good highlight reels, it is a shame that it did not get more exposure.

Good job for doing your part, RD.

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DangerMouse September 07, 2010 10:50 pm

Thanks for showing this RD. Good standard throughout but NZ were the better side. Refereeing a bit suspect; correct me please if I'm wrong but wasn't that a ruck at the end, when the player at the front picked up?

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secondfive September 08, 2010 12:08 am

Thanks for the highlights RD. Although not the best example of women's rugby I've seen it looked like a great contest which is what a final should be.
The refereeing seemed a bit arbitrary, although it's hard to tell from just a few minutes. But I sometimes wonder if refs have ever been trapped in the forest of legs at the bottom of a ruck, a lot of the time it's just not possible to "roll away".

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Bauti September 08, 2010 12:55 am

The thing i'm gonna say is totally unnecesary, however I feel I must say it.
ENGLAND'S NO. 7, COULD PROBABLY BEAT MY a** OFF

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cheyanqui September 08, 2010 1:12 am

Anon -- good catch that Turner did indeed start out as a front rower.

Turner's service is excellent.

Credit to the English rugby leadership to look past "bodytype", and to see her for her key skill. If your SH is touching the ball so much in a game (what, 60-80 times, more?), it's important to get great service.

I wonder if she would be lethal, minus a few pounds -- we should ask Piri Weepu the same question.

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Rob September 08, 2010 5:32 am

Tough ask when you have to work a full time job. I have to believe that Turner is also very naturally stocky - you can see the body fat on her, yes, but there are fitness standards, mandatory trainings, etc. for these women, so she's getting the job done that's asked of her. (I'd imagine 8-10 minimum on the bleep at this level.)

... and regarding Richards' footwear, they look like turf boots to me. I have a pair and prefer them on dry/firm pitches. They're also easier to fit orthotics into than most football boots as they tend to be wider. Those old ladies do like their 'sensible shoes.' ;)

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FrankyH September 08, 2010 6:20 am

Considering the level that these girls play at, do you not think it's a tad disrespectful to be discussing their bodyweights? Sure she's bigger than what you'd expect for a #9, but she's damn good at what she does. He talent would obviously be wasted in the front row, so why not.

The standard of play in this tournament was really high. Well done to them.

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Anonymous September 08, 2010 7:05 am

Well said Rob and FrankyH. Some sense and decency at last.

Bauti - you're so right on Alphonsi. She's awesome.

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The Schpoople Master September 08, 2010 12:01 pm

I was gutted not to be able to watch the whole game due to the fact that i dont have sky tv, then i go on rugbydump and find that they have delivered again with 18 MINUTES of highlights!!! fantastic stuff and a great game. I would say however that in the mens game to see team recieve three yellow cards and still concede just one try is almost unheard of, but then perhaps that is just testament to the Black Ferns defensive ability. This whole tournament has been fantastic. Im not sure that this is the right place to ask, but would it be at all possible to post the line ups of both teams under the video? It would just be good to learn some names as I, along with others im sure, am not particularly familiar with womens rugby but would like to be :)

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Anonymous September 08, 2010 1:04 pm

Schpoople: you can get full match replays for some of the games (including both semifinals and the final) from the IRB website. Here's the link http://www.rwcwomens.com/video/index.html

To get the names of the players for each game go to the following link and click on the match that you want http://www.rwcwomens.com/home/fixtures/index.html

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Anonymous September 08, 2010 6:44 pm

Great game. Carla Hohepa and Maggie Alphonsi rocked. Pity it wasn't advertised a bit better or I would have been tempted to put some money into women's rugby and gone to a game or two.

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Chaosphere September 09, 2010 12:20 am

I think it's great that women's rugby is developing and getting more exposure. But, to be honest, I still didn't find that particularly entertaining. That doesn't mean I'm giving up though.

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Rob September 09, 2010 12:58 am

I think it depended on the game, though. I'd watched all the games and thought it was a lot like the men's RWC in the way it unfolded - strong teams rolling over minnows like it was a game of Touch, the final being very gritty low-risk affair, but between those two extremes there were some great displays of attacking rugby put on by the Ferns, England, and Australia. I just knew that some people who only watched the final wouldn't be so impressed because those two teams are so close, and the match would be so tense (as it is in male RWCs) that you wouldn't see the open rugby that pool / other int'l matches have.

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Ned2or3 September 09, 2010 4:45 am

From the highlights I thought it was a great match. Clearly, the black ferns were a superior attacking outfit but the defense of the English was fantastic.

@Dangermouse; when the player who picked up the ball disengaged from the ruck the ball was then out of the ruck and all players behind her where no longer in a ruck so therefore not hands in the ruck!!!

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Anonymous September 09, 2010 10:09 am

Ref...what're you doing?!?!?

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Anonymous September 14, 2010 3:41 am

it seems our Black Ferns could even bet the Wallabies

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