Australia routs Canada Ravens 88-0 in women's Rugby League World Cup
November 21, 2017 - 11:43 PM
SYDNEY, Australia - Maddie Studdon set up five tries and score one as Australia routed the Canada Ravens 88-0 on Wednesday in women's Rugby League World Cup action.
Vanessa Foliaki, Elianna Walton, Karina Brown and Zahara Temara all had hat tricks for Australia in both team's final match of group play.
In their international debut Thursday, the Canada Ravens were thumped 50-4 by three-time champion New Zealand.
They rebounded with a 22-8 victory over Papua New Guinea 22-8 on Sunday for Canada's first ever win at the Rugby League World Cup.
While many of the Canada Ravens have impressive rugby union credentials, they are new to the 13-woman code. And Canada coach Mike Castle, a transplanted Brit who now makes his home on Australia's Gold Coast, has had little time with his new team.
The Canadian women had limited training sessions before leaving for Australia, with players spread across the country.
Canada and the United States are hosting the 2025 World Cup, meaning the Canadian men and women will qualify automatically.
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