22 Jun 2019

Kiwi Ferns outplay Fetu Samoa in nine-try bonanza

5:46 pm on 22 June 2019

The Kiwi Ferns have overwhelmed Fetu Samoa 46-8 in a nine-try women's rugby league scoring bonanza at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland.

Double try-scorer Kiana Takairangi.

Double try-scorer Kiana Takairangi. Photo: Photosport

It was the Samoans first international in eight years, and only the second time the two teams had met.

The win was built around New Zealand's strength in the centres and superb support play.

Kiana Takairangi opened the scoring after just two minutes, adding a second 10 minutes later as the New Zealanders' pace and power found gaps in the Samoan defence.

Kiwi Ferns skipper Honey Hireme sliced through for a third after 13 minutes, with second rower Kathleen Wharton making it four as the 20 minute mark ticked over.

St George Illawarra halfback Raecene McGregor crossed for New Zealand's fifth 10 minutes out from halftime to open out a 26-0 lead.

Billy-Jean Ale and Moana Fineaso-Levi scored either side of halftime for Samoa to briefly narrow the Kiwi Ferns' lead to 26-8, but Hireme, Madison Bartlett and Nita Maynard scored in rapid succession to extend the lead to 40-8 at the 60-minute mark.

Apii Nicholls crossed for the ninth New Zealand try seven minutes out from full time to complete a dominant performance.