9 Jul 2013

France routed again at women's World Cup

9:34 am on 9 July 2013

The New Zealand women's rugby league team has beaten hosts England 34-16 at the women's World Cup in Featherstone.

The champion Kiwi Ferns led 12-6 at half-time at The Big Fellas stadium in Yorkshire.

Amy Hardcastle scored a hat-trick of tries for England, her second levelling the scores after the break, before the Ferns ran in four more tries to seal the victory.

Earlier, Australia thrashed France 72-0, Samantha Hammond scoring five tries in the rout.

The Ferns have now won two from two with a huge 88-0 win over France in their first match, while England went down 14-6 to Australia.

The Kiwi Ferns meet the Australian Jillaroo team at 5am Friday.