Woodman shines as Kiwis reach women's RWC final

iStock

Belfast - New Zealand stormed into the women's World Cup final as Portia Woodman scored four tries in her side's 45-12 demolition of the United States in Belfast.

Top ranked New Zealand were too hot for the US to handle, amassing seven tries to set up a final showdown with holders England or France, who clash in the second semi-final later on Tuesday.

The States led early in the first half following a Kris Thomas try that Alev Kelter converted, but once the Black Ferns found their rhythm, there was no stopping them.

The four-time world champions took a third-minute lead when flyhalf Victoria Subritzky-Nafatali touched down.

After their opponents briefly led, a Kendra Cocksedge penalty edged New Zealand back in front before she converted Woodman's opener to secure a 15-7 interval advantage.

A second Woodman score and Cocksedge penalty opened up a 16-point gap, and then New Zealand underlined their quality during a blistering final quarter that saw them claim four tries in 15 minutes.

Woodman added two more, then replacement hooker Te Kura Ngata-Aerengamate claimed another touchdown before Kelly Brazier completed an emphatic second-half display and Cocksedge converted.

Voting Booth
What is your favourite sport to watch on TV?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Rugby
46% - 3413 votes
Cricket
11% - 808 votes
Football
18% - 1317 votes
Athletics
2% - 143 votes
Boxing
1% - 59 votes
Cycling
2% - 154 votes
Golf
5% - 373 votes
Motorsport
7% - 533 votes
Tennis
3% - 229 votes
Water sports
1% - 63 votes
American sports
1% - 57 votes
MMA / WWE / UFC
3% - 192 votes
Vote