New Zealand 50-6 USA-Black Ferns win to clinch the Pacific Four title

New Zealand winger Ayesha Leti-I'iga
Leti-I'iga made her international debut in 2018

Ayesha Lei-I'iga, a New Zealand winger scored a hat-trick for the Black Ferns as they continued their World Cup buildup with a win of 50-6 over the United States.

The hosts of the Pacific Four tournament won the title.

Canada finished second after overcoming a 10-0 deficit and winning 22-10 against Australia in their third match.

Leti-I'iga scored her first goal in the first minute, and the Black Ferns added six more.

With a loss to America, the Black Ferns would have fallen outside the top two world rankings. However, that was unlikely after Arihiana Marino Tauhinu, scrum-half, crossed for the second attempt after six minutes.

Marino-Tauhinu was playing her eighth Test. She won player of the match for her performance. Leti-I'iga scored her third try in halftime with a nice inside pass.

Ruahei Devant, captain of Ruahei said “I think the squad has gelled really well with our new coaching administration. You can see that out there on the pitch the girls really want the game to go on regardless of the conditions.”

Wayne Smith, former assistant coach for All Blacks was brought in After a culture review, I was appointed as the director of rugby. This followed heavy defeats against France and England late last year.

Smith will be able call upon some of the more experienced players who were rested during this series.

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