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Rugby League World Cup: Australia and New Zealand reach the women’s semi-finals

Hosts: England Dates: October 15 to November 19
Coverage: Watch live on BBC TV, BBC iPlayer and online; Live commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live and Sports Extra; Live texts and highlights on the BBC Sport website and app

Australia broke the record for most points in a women’s match at the Rugby League World Cup, defeating France 92-0 to advance to the semi-finals.

The Jillaroos ran on 17 attempts to top the previous best score of 88-0 they had shared with New Zealand.

Earlier in Group B, New Zealand beat Cook Islands 34-4 in York to continue their perfect start.

Australia will face the Kiwis on Thursday to decide who goes through as the winner of Group B.

England and Papua New Guinea have qualified from Group A with one game to spare.

Australia, champions in 2013 and 2017, were always expected to beat France’s amateur team. having thrashed Cook Islands 74-0 in his first game.

Jessica Sergis scored four tries with Jaime Chapman and Julia Robinson also scoring hat-tricks, while Evania Pelite passed twice.

Shenae Ciesiolka, Tarryn Aiken, Emma Tonegato, Tallisha Harden and Olivia Kernick once met in a wild win.

The Jillaroos led 30-0 in 15 minutes and led 58-0 at the break, having gained 909 meters to France’s 52.

France was already on the tail end of their biggest joint defeat at a Women’s World Cup, losing 88-0 to New Zealand in 2013.

Australia matched that score against Canada in the 2017 tournament and equaled the 88-point mark in the 75th minute in York on a Robinson touchdown in the corner.

Pelite crossed with a minute remaining to give Australia a record victory.

Australia’s player of the match Aiken told BBC Sport: “It was a great game and the girls kept going. It was really good to be there.”

“We can still improve, we’ve got a long way to go. We’re still trying to work on our basics on defense.”

“We’re not afraid of anyone. It’s going to be a tough game with New Zealand, we’ve been prepared for it and we’re looking forward to going out there and facing them.”

The kiwis continue to win from the start against the Cook Islands

New Zealand, beaten by Australia in the previous two World Cup finals, reached their match with the Cook Islands having outscored France 46-0 on Wednesday.

Raecene McGregor, Krystal Rota and Amber Hall ran in first-half tries for the Kiwis.

Mele Hufanga added two touchdowns in the second half, with McGregor also adding her second and Annetta-Claudia Nu’uausala glossing over.

The Cook Islands improved greatly from their loss to Australia, scoring through Mackenzie Wiki to cut the deficit to 22-4 in the 67th minute.

New Zealand man of the match McGregor told BBC Sport: “We haven’t reached our peak yet, there are a lot of things we can improve on.”

“Before our game with Australia, there are things we can work on and I think we can beat them. There is much more to come.”

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