2017 Womens RLWC - PNG vs Canada

Date: 20/11/17 (Photo Credit NRLPhotos)

Canada Ravens players will have little time to celebrate their historic win over Papua New Guinea as they prepare to face Australia in the next round of the Rugby League Women’s World Cup at Southern Cross Group Stadium on Wednesday.

The Ravens, whose players have backgrounds in rugby union and American football but boast little previous Rugby League experience, recorded their first World Cup triumph on Sunday night when they downed the Orchids 22-8 in a hard-fought match that virtually guarantees them a place in the semi-finals.

The jubilant Canada players soaked up the atmosphere after their win, posing for photos on the field and signing autographs for fans.

It just shows where we can be as a country in the years to come,” Ravens five-eighth Stevi Schnoor said. “Every game we are getting better because we have such a steep learning curve. “

Canada coach Mike Castle said his players were now looking forward to the challenge of playing the Jillaroos on Wednesday.
 
“I think this is a huge opportunity for us to learn and keep developing,” Castle said. “These are some of the most proud athletes I have ever had the opportunity to work with and we will do some recovery, get back on the paddock in the next couple of days and see what we can build on and where we can improve.”

In the other matches at Southern Cross Group Stadium on Wednesday, New Zealand will be looking to continue their impressive form heading to the semi-finals when they meet the Orchids, while England will be aiming to bounce back from Sunday’s 38-0 loss to Australia when they play Cook Islands.

Kiwi Ferns winger Honey Hireme is the leading try scorer of the tournament after adding a record six-try haul on Sunday to the double she scored against Canada last Thursday, while team-mate Kimiora Nati is the leading point scorer after kicking 10 goals against Cook Islands and seven against the Ravens. 

Tables after the completion of Round 2 Pool matches:
 

 

  Pool A

 Won

 Lost

 Draw

      For

   Against

 Diff

Points

  Australia

    1   

   0   

   0

       96

        4

 +92

   4

  England

    1

   0

   0 

       36

       46

 +10

   2

  Cook Islands

    0

   1

   0

         4

     134

-130

   0

 

  Pool B

 Won

 Lost

 Draw

 For

 Against

   Diff  

 Points

  New Zealand         

   1   

  0 

    0 

 126 

        4

    +122

    4

  Canada

   1  

  1   

    0  

   26

      58

       -32   

    2

  Papua New Guinea

   0  

  2 

    0   

   16  

      58   

       -42

    0

   
 
Leading Try Scorers:
 

  Player

     Nation

Tries

 Points

  Honey Hireme     

 New Zealand  

    8

    32

  Lileta Maumau

 New Zealand

    3   

    12  

  Caitlin Moran

 Australia 

    3

    12 

  Krystal Murray

 New Zealand

    3

    12

  Natasha Smith

 Canada

    3

    12

 
Leading Point Scorers:
 

  Player

Nation

Tries

 Goals

FGs

 Points

  Kimiora Nati        

 New Zealand   

   17 

   0

   34

  Honey Hireme

 New Zealand  

  8   

     0  

   0

   32

  Caitlin Moran

 Australia  

   3

     4   

   0  

   20   

  Tara-Jane Stanley

 England

   1

     4

   0

   12

   
Round 3 Draw
Wednesday, 22 November at Southern Cross Group Stadium

England Women v Cook Islands Moana (1.45pm AEDT)
Australia v Canada Ravens (4pm AEDT)
NZ Kiwi Ferns v PNG Orchids (6.30pm AEDT)

Round 2 Results
Sunday, 19 November at Southern Cross Group Stadium

Australia Jillaroos 38 England Women 0
NZ Kiwi Ferns 76 Cook Islands 0
Canada Ravens 22 PNG Orchids 8
 
Round 1 Results
Thursday, 16 November at Southern Cross Group Stadium

NZ Kiwi Ferns 50 Canada Ravens 4
Australia 58 Cook Islands 4
England Women 36 PNG Orchids 8

 

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