Rugby: Black Ferns beaten again by England

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 ground.

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.