The New Zealand women's rugby team might be world champions
but they are not currently the world's best after they were
beaten by England for a second time this morning (NZT).
England backed up their 16-13 first-test win with a 17-8
defeat of the Black Ferns at Aldershot this morning. They
will now be eyeing a clean sweep in the third test at
Twickenham on Sunday morning - the match is being played
following the All Blacks' test against England at the same
The Black Ferns were on top of the world when they beat
England 13-10 in the 2010 women's World Cup final at
Twickenham but have not beaten them since. They have now lost
four of their last five - England won two of last year's
three tests with the third a draw - when previously they had
only ever been beaten three times in history.
They were outmuscled by a bigger and more physical England
side in this morning's two-tries to one defeat.
New Zealand led 5-3 midway through the first half after a try
to wing Shakira Baker but England led 10-5 at the break after
England flanker Hannah Gallagher scored. The Black Ferns drew
to within two points with 25 minutes remaining thanks to a
Kelly Brazier penalty but couldn't build pressure playing
into the wind.
England 17 (Hannah Gallagher, Joanne Watmore tries; Emily
Scarratt pen, 2 cons) New Zealand 8 (Shakira Baker try; Kelly
Brazier pen) HT: 10-5.