Rugby-Tui strikes twice as Black Ferns blank Canada

Sevens star Ruby Tui scored her first two tries as New Zealand continued their preparations to host the Women’s World Cup by shutting out Canada 28-0 at the Pacific Four tournament in Auckland on Sunday. Tui, playing in only her second game for the world champions, tossed the ball over the head of Canada fullback Elissa Alarie and collected to hit the ground in the 47th minute.

Until that moment, the home side had just two first-half penalties from the boot of fly-half Hazel Tubic to show their dominance of possession and territory. The brave Canadian defense and the heavy pitch of the Trusts Arena played their part in thwarting New Zealand’s attempts to play a rhythmic game, but the discipline also did the same with two Black Ferns sent to the sin bin for infractions repeated ruck and maul.

The New Zealanders were inventive from the set piece, however, and lock Maia Roos scored his second try from close range in the 62nd minute after a well-worked fielding move. In the final five minutes, Chelsea Bremner scored from close range after an electric break from Ayesha Leti-I’iga and Tua added his second try as the Black Ferns put a brilliant on the scoreboard.

The Black Ferns are undergoing a personnel and style overhaul under former All Blacks coaches Wayne Smith and Graham Henry after four heavy defeats to England and France in Europe last year. The victory over Canada, who are ranked third in the world, gave New Zealand two wins from two in the tournament. Earlier Sunday, the United States beat Australia 16-14.

New Zealand have won five World Cups and are hosting the ninth edition of the global showpiece from October 8 to November 12.

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