Perhaps the answer to the Warriors’ ineptitude in the greatest rugby country on Earth would be to try to sneak Black Ferns star Honey Hireme on the side.
Hireme scored six tries when the Kiwi women posted their second scorching victory in the Women’s Rugby League World Cup, more than the Warriors scored during the entire 2017 NRL Premiership competition.
A bit of hyperbole, that last, but the Black Ferns put a sledging of major proportions on the tiny Cook Island’s side in Sydney when they beat the ladies from that side by the score of 76 – 0.
You might think that the Black Ferns would have taken their foots off the gas somewhere around 50 or so, but they gave up four points to Canada in the opening round, eking out a 50 – 4 win, so they obviously wanted to take no chances on Cook Islands staging a comeback.
Hireme’s six tries were only part of the 14 put up by the Ferns, but no other player scored more than two. The Cook Islanders at least put on a show of strong attitude in the opening minutes, but attitude does not translate to points anywhere, Sydney least of all.
The two sides engaged of a bit of give and take for the first 10 minutes or so, until Lileta Maumau’s strong run set up Hireme’s first score on the following play.
The Ferns used that for motivation and made it 14 – 0 by the 24th minute and the rout was on. By the half, New Zealand was up 38 – 0 and all pretense of a contest was eliminated.
Lovers of equilibrium and numerology will enjoy the fact that the Black Ferns produced the exact same number of points in the second half as they did in the first. Not only that, but earlier in the day, the Aussie women used the exact same number, 38, to defeat England in another shutout, this one 38 – 0.