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MATCH REPORT: England vs New Zealand

Published: 19 Nov 2016

20 ENGLAND - 25 NEW ZEALAND

Rochelle “Rocky” Clark is now the most-capped women’s player of all time following a valiant battle against first place New Zealand.

The Black Ferns braved the chill at Twickenham Stoop as they won the 2016 Old Wealth Mutual Series.

England’s Fiona Pocock put England on the board two minutes in with a try.

Black Fern Charmaine Smith was issued a yellow card but the Red Roses could not capitalise on the advantage.

England were solid defensively in the first half, pushing New Zealand in their own 22.

Fiona Pocock was replaced on the wing by Claire Allan after suffering an injury.

New Zealand scored in the 40th minute with a try from winger Renee Wickliffe. It was converted by Kendra Cocksedge as the Black Ferns took a 7-5 lead into half time.

Intensity from both sides increased in the second half and an amazing break from England’s Marlie Packer excited the crowd.

A try from Harriet Millar-Mills put the Red Roses ahead again. Lydia Thompson soon added another try, converted by Katy Mclean.

Rocky Clark came into the game at the 60-minute mark, making her the most-capped English rugby player of all time.

In the 66th minute, New Zealand scrum-half Kendra Cocksedge levelled the score and added two more points with a conversion.

Emily Scarratt took two penalty kicks for England, with only one adding to the score to put the Red Roses up 20-17.

England played with a renewed vigour for the last few minutes of the match, but New Zealand capitalised on Packer’s yellow card. Cocksedge’s penalty gave the Black Ferns a two point lead.

A final penalty kick in the closing stages from man of the match Cocksedge ensured a 25-20 for the world’s top-ranked team.

England will now face Canada on 26th November at Twickenham Stadium following the men’s match against Argentina. Kick off is at 5:05pm and admission is free.

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