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Rugby League World Cup: England maintain a 100% record with PNG victory as they head into the last four

Leah Burke is the fourth England player to score a hat-trick of tries at this World Cup
England (14) 42
Attempts: Burke (3), Hardcastle (2), Stanley, Whitfield, Beevers Goals: stanley (5)
Papua New Guinea (4) 4
Try: molowia

England edged out Papua New Guinea 42-4 and maintained their 100% record to win Group A on their way to the World Cup semi-finals.

Leah Burke scored a hat-trick of tries with Amy Hardcastle passing twice and Tara Jane Stanley, Vicky Whitfield and Caitlin Beevers also crossing for the impressive hosts.

PNG had taken an early lead with Martha Molowia going through the left corner.

England play either Australia or New Zealand in York in the quarterfinals on Monday.

Defending champions Australia take on the Kiwi Ferns in York on Thursday (19:30 GMT) to determine which team will advance as winners of Group B, with the runners-up facing England.

Early in the game in Group A, Alanna Fittes scored a last-minute try as Canada secured a 22-16 win over World Cup debutant Brazil.

Both nations had already been eliminated from the competition and it was Canada who emerged from a close contest with their first win of the tournament.

After scoring 72 points against Brazil and 54 against Canada, England head coach Craig Richards looked forward and saw his team receive a tougher test against the Orchids.

But having recalled former Woman of Steel Jodie Cunningham, as well as Beevers, Hardcastle, Grace Field and Zoe Harris, an early mistake by Shona Hoyle was the signal for a PNG pressure spell that resulted in Molowia falling into the corner. .

More to follow.

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