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Saracens’ Fleetwood helps England Women beat New Zealand

PUBLISHED: 10:26 17 June 2017

England celebrate their victory over New Zealand after the Rugby Super Series match at the Rotorua International Stadium (pic David Davies/PA)

England celebrate their victory over New Zealand after the Rugby Super Series match at the Rotorua International Stadium (pic David Davies/PA)

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New Zealand 21 England 29

Saracens Vicky Fleetwood was among the try scorers as England finished the International Women’s Rugby Series undefeated after overcoming the Black Ferns in Rotorua on Saturday.

Tries from Emily Scarratt, Abbie Scott, Lydia Thompson, Marlie Packer and Fleetwood held off a determined Black Ferns who led 14-7 after 30 minutes to give England their first away win to New Zealand since 2001.

England kicked off proceedings with an early break from Thompson who passed out to Scarratt to put the Red Roses ahead in the third minute.

However, the Black Ferns made the most of their opportunities, coming back to score two fortuitous tries in the hands of scrum-half Kendra Cocksedge and then a Portia Woodman interception, giving them a 14-7 advantage.

England kept the pressure on and a yellow card for New Zealand captain Fiao’o Faamausili in the 35th minute allowed Scott to put down from a rolling maul to bring the scores even at half time.

The Red Roses came back out in deteriorating conditions to make the most of their number advantage with Thompson overcoming Woodman to break free into the corner for her 27th career try and third of the Series.

England kept the momentum to score a second driving maul try from a line out when Packer went over in the 55th minute. And the maul continued to prove effective for England who demonstrated a highly effective set piece and control throughout the second half with Fleetwood scoring their fifth and final try.

New Zealand kept battling to the end with a Victoria Subritsky-Nafatali try coming with two minutes left on the clock after the Black Ferns pressured England’s defence.

England Women head coach Simon Middleton said: “We’ve got a clear way in which we want to play and we’ve invested a lot of time in being able to control field position as well as being able to control possession.

“With the weather as it was, we knew what we needed to put in place. We’ve got some great kickers of the ball and a lot of energy on the field and that came good for us.

“We’ve got a picture of where we are now. With analysis we can look at what we have to improve on but we needed to give everything tonight against the best side in the world and we’ve done that and so are rightfully very happy and very proud.”

Both teams went into the final Test undefeated, with England having beaten Australia 53-10 in Wellington and battled to a hard fought 27-20 victory over Canada in Christchurch.

The Black Ferns had beaten Canada 28-16 and Australia 44-17, but the Red Roses have now won their last nine starts, having landed the Six Nations Grand Slam earlier in the year.

They head to the Women’s Rugby World Cup, which kicks off in Dublin on Wednesday August 9, where they are drawn in Pool B alongside Spain, Italy and USA.

Captain Sarah Hunter added: “We have built through the Series and to come out and to put in a performance like that against New Zealand is something we’re very pleased and happy about.

“We wanted to stick to our processes, stay patient and that’s exactly what we did. We took everything we’ve been doing in training onto the pitch.

“We’ve worked really hard over the last few days on the short turn around and we certainly put that into practice. Everyone did their job and what they needed to do which is exactly what you want from your players in games like that.”

England: 15 Danielle Waterman (E Scott 67), 14 Lydia Thompson, 13 Emily Scarratt, 12 Rachael Burford (Reed 59), 11 Kay Wilson, 10 Katy Mclean, 9 Natasha Hunt (Mason 40), 1 Rochelle Clark (Cornborough 54), 2 Amy Cokayne (Fleetwood 54), 3 Sarah Bern (Lucas 54), 4 Tamara Taylor, 5 Abbie Scott, 6 Alex Matthews, 7 Marlie Packer (Noel-Smith 59), 8 Sarah Hunter (Millar-Mills (67).

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