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Australia 82-0 Papua New Guinea to win Women’s Rugby League World Cup final

Australia are heavy favorites to retain the title they won in 2017
Australia: (40) 82
Attempts: Davis, Kelly (3), Bent, Pelite, Ciesiolka (2), Kernick, Sergis, Harden, Tonegato (3) Goals: Brown (9), Brigginshaw (2)
Papua New Guinea: (0) 0

Defending champions Australia advanced to the Women’s Rugby League World Cup final with an emphatic 82-0 win over Papua New Guinea in York.

The result puts Brad Donald’s team on track for a record third World Cup win.

Isabelle Kelly and Emma Tonegato scored hat tricks as the Jillaroos ran in 15 tries against an Orchids team competing in their first semifinal.

England faces New Zealand in the other four meetings on Monday.

While PNG have already made history by reaching the knockout stage of the tournament, a match against an Australian team that has won the last two editions proved to be a step too far.

Having held Australia at bay for nearly 10 minutes, Keeley Davis’s run from dummy half was the catalyst for a flurry of first-half tries that effectively ended the match as a duel well before half-time.

Sydney Roosters center Kelly collected Lauren Brown’s pass and then crossed again three minutes later as the Aussies pushed ahead with Shaylee Bent, Evania Pelite, Ciesiolka and Olivia Kernick also passing before completing her hat-trick before the game. halftime.

While Australia fell short of their record 92-point win over France in the group stage, they were just as relentless after the restart.

Jessica Sergis, Tallisha Harden, Taliah Fuimaono crossed with Tonegato completing her hat-trick and Jaime Chapman also scored after a long break.

Event: Old Trafford, Manchester Date: Saturday, November 19 Kick off: 13:15 GMT
Coverage: Watch live on BBC One, BBC iPlayer and online; Live on Radio 5 Deportes Extra; Live text on the BBC Sport website and app

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