Black Ferns overpowered by England again

DAVID LONG AT TWICKENHAM
Last updated 08:07 02/12/2012

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The Black Ferns have been unable to salvage anything from a horrendous day at Twickenham for New Zealand by going down 32-23 to England.

Played in front of a few thousand spectators, the match followed the All Blacks' 38-21 to the English men's side at the same venue.

The result of this women's game meant that the current world champions have suffered a whitewash over the three-test series and this was a tour that had few positives from it.

It was an entertaining first half, where despite dominating early England were able to take the initial lead.
Natasha Hunt offloaded to Joanne Watmore, who took the ball up further before making the final pass to Katherine Merchant.

England's fullback Emily Scarratt, who was the player of the match in the second test of the series, picked up England's second try and she converted he efforts to make the score 12-0.

New Zealand finally got back into the game in the 18th minute with Auckland lock Rawina Everitt finishing off a move that stretched the English defence.

Merchant picked up her second try later in the half and the other side of a penalty from Kelly Brazier England prop Rosemarie Crowley got her name on the scoresheet with England's fourth try.

Just before the break Selica Winiata scored for the Black Ferns to make the score 24-15 at the interval.

Two minutes into the second half Brazier put over an ugly looking penalty, but Watmore would extend England's lead in the 48th minute as she rounded the Black Ferns defence for try No 5.

England kept the scoreboard ticking over with a Scarratt penalty in the 55th minute, while first-five Kendra Cocksedge brought New Zealand back into the game with a try in the 70th minute.

However, the Black Ferns failed to get inside the England 22 again and the home side did enough to close the game out.

SCOREBOARD:

England 32
(Katherine Merchant 2, Emily Scarratt, Rosemarie Crowley, Joanne Watmore try tries; Scarratt 2 cons, pen)

New Zealand 23
(Rawina Everitt, Selica Winiata, Kendra Cocksedge tries; Kelly Brazier con, 2 pens)

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