England power to semi finals

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By 2017-08-19

Champions England will play France in the Women's World Cup semi-finals after a seven-try win over the USA.

Emily Scarratt scored the first try and a penalty try and further scores from Marlie Packer, with a brace, and Katy Mclean saw them lead 33-7 at half-time.

Amy Wilson-Hardy and Amy Cockayne added further tries for England, with Kate Zackary, Cheta Emba and Naya Tapper replying for the USA.

And Kris Thomas scored their fourth try to secure a bonus point.

At the time it looked as though the extra point could be significant, as it took them to 11 points, but with France ending hosts Ireland's World Cup dreams with a 21-5 win, the Eagles would have gone through as the best runner up even without it.

Earlier, New Zealand thumped Canada 48-5 to qualify for the last four as top seeds.

Scarratt rediscovered her kicking form to land five conversions for England, who controlled the first hour before easing off with the game already won.

Results

Collated Women's Rugby World Cup results on Thursday, final round of pool matches:

Pool A:
Canada 5 New Zealand 48
Wales 39 Hong Kong 15

Pool B
England 47 United States 26
Italy 8 Spain 22

Pool C
France 21 Ireland 5
Australia 29 Japan 15

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