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Black Ferns blast USA with quick start

The Black Ferns have opened their Pacific Four Series campaign with a 57-5 win over the United States.

The try-scoring opened in the second minute to midfielder, Amy du Plessis and did not stop for the next 24 minutes as the Black Ferns scored six tries within that time.


New Zealand scored nine tries to one in a commanding performance as the Eagles struggled to string phases of play together.

At halftime the home side were in control with a 36-nil lead after crossing for six tries in the first 40 minutes.

Black Ferns fullback Mererangi Paul was one of the stars of the game, scoring a hat-trick in a rollicking start in the opening 15 minutes.

Black Ferns Pacific Four Series rugby
The Black Ferns celebrate their big win over the United Sates in the Pacific Four Series. PHOTO: NZ RUGBY

The Black Ferns now face Canada on next Sunday in Christchurch (kick-off as, with some stronger opposition expected. Canada thrashed the USA 50-7 in their first match two weeks ago.

Black Ferns 57 (Mererangi Paul 3, Amy du Plessis, Katelyn Vahaakolo, Maama Mo'onia Vaipulu, Ruby Tui , Layla Sae, Patrica Maliepo tries; Ruahei Demant 3 con, Hannah King 3 con) United States 5 (Freda Tafuna try). HT: 36-0


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