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Black Ferns claim Churchill Cup

Published: 9:41AM Sunday June 20, 2004 Source: ONE Sport

The Black Ferns added the Churchill Cup to their already well-stocked trophy cabinet on Sunday, with an impressive 38-0 win over England at Edmonton's Commonwealth Stadium in Canada.

In a repeat of the 2002 World Cup final in Barcelona, New Zealand completely outplayed the English side to dominate all but the opening 10 minutes of the match.

The Black Ferns struggled with their set pieces in the earlier stages of the game, with England managing to put the scrum under all sorts of pressure.

But the Kiwi side quickly found their feet with some superb backline movements to score three tries before the halftime break.

Stacey Lene, Regina Sheck and Sarah Mortimer scored the tries for New Zealand in the first half, with centre Hannah Myers adding the three conversions which saw the Kiwis take a 21-0 lead at halftime.

Lene added to England's woes in the second half, grabbing a double seven minutes into the period, finishing off a well-worked move from the Black Ferns.

The Black Ferns had a very strong defensive game with England never looking like scoring a try.