Australia women storm to third successive Rugby League World Cup title

Rugby League - Women's World Cup Final - Australia v New Zealand - Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain - November 19, 2022 Australia players celebrate with the trophy after winning the World Cup Action Images via Reuters/Ed Sykes

By Peter Hall

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – Two tries apiece from Jessica Sergis, Isabelle Kelly and Kennedy Cherrington helped Australia to storm to a third successive Women’s Rugby League World Cup title by thrashing New Zealand 54-4 in the final at Old Trafford on Saturday.

The Kiwis were on the back foot from the off after Sergis forced her way over for an early try, with the reigning champions crossing the line three more times in the first half, including twice from Kelly, to register a 20-0 lead at the break.

Australia kept coming in the second half, with Emma Tonegato going over under the posts soon after the restart, before another from Sergis and a Tarryn Aiken effort put the game beyond their Trans-Tasman rivals.

The biggest cheer from the Manchester crowd was reserved for the game’s next try, New Zealand’s only score of the match, with Madison Bartlett going over, but it was too little, too late.

Australia did not have to wait long to touch down again, as a quickfire pair of converted tries from Cherrington and another from Evania Pelite finished off a near-perfect afternoon for the holders.

The final whistle was greeted with wild celebrations as the Australian domination of the women’s game rumbled on.

(Reporting by Peter Hall; editing by Clare Fallon)

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