Canada Women 20-35 New Zealand Women, Chula Vista Training Center
New Zealand Women came up with a clinical display as they kick-started their Super Series campaign with a 20-35 win over Canada at Chula Vista Training Center on Saturday.
The win meant New Zealand are at the second position in the table behind England with the two teams separated by points difference.
New Zealand got off to a fantastic start with a 10th minute try from Eloise Blackwell and Kendra Cocksedge followed with the conversion. Canada Women responded back with a try of their own from Elissa Alarie in the 14th minute and Brianna Miller improved it to level the scores.
New Zealand once again seized the momentum with their second try coming from Carla Hohepa and Cocksedge kicked the extras to make it 7-14. As the half-time was approaching Miller and Cocksedge traded a brace of penalties as the teams went into the break with a 13-20 scoreline.
The third quarter saw Chelsea Alley and Sophie de Goede exchange tries as the gap between the two teams remained seven points.
With the final quarter kicking off, Ayesha Leti-I’iga crashed in the corner to increase New Zealand's lead and Cocksedge missed the conversion but kicked a penalty goal to complete a 15 point win.