#Australia defeated France 92-0 to reach the Rugby League World Cup semifinals, setting a new record for the most points scored in a women’s match. To surpass their previous record, which they had shared with New Zealand, of 88-0, the Jillaroos ran in 17 tries. New Zealand continued their perfect start in Group B earlier by defeating the Cook Islands 34-4 in York.
To determine who advances as Group B’s victor, Australia will play the Kiwis on Thursday. Papua New Guinea and England both advanced from Group A with one game remaining. After crushing the Cook Islands 74-0 in their opening match, Australia, champions in 2013 and 2017, was always anticipated defeating amateur side France.
Jaime Chapman, Julia Robinson, and Evania Pelite all scored hat tricks, and Jessica Sergis scored four tries. Emma Tonegato, Tallisha Harden, Tarryn Aiken, Shenae Ciesiolka, and Olivia Kernick all crossed the finish line once in a dominant victory.
The Jillaroos lead 58-0 at halftime after having amassed 909 meters to France’s 52. They were ahead 30-0 after just 15 minutes. France had already suffered the joint-biggest loss at a women’s World Cup in 2013, falling to New Zealand 88-0. In the 2017 competition, Australia and Canada both scored 88 points. In the 75th minute in York, a Robinson goal in the corner gave Australia the same total as Canada. With only one minute left, Pelite scored to give Australia a historic victory.
Aiken, Australia’s game-winning player, said Sport: “It was incredibly enjoyable to be out there, and the girls never gave up. It was a terrific game.”
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