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Player ratings: Kiwi Ferns v Canada

Player ratings: Kiwi Ferns v Canada

The Kiwi Ferns got their 2017 Women’s Rugby League World Cup campaign off to a strong start against Canada, winning 50-4. Here’s how we rated each of the 17 players who took the field for New Zealand. (Photo NRLPhotos).

1 Apii Nicholls-Pualau

Nice and safe at the back. Had a couple of good runs and finished her try well, along with setting one up. 7/10

2 Atawhai Tupaea

Scored a try early, but the majority of the attacking action ended up falling to the other side of the field. Carried six times for 80 metres, 5.5/10

3 Maitua Feterika

A real threat when she went to the line. Worked hard out of yardage. 6/10

4 Shontelle Woodman

Split the line twice and laid on a nice inside pass for Hireme’s second try. Got through plenty of work in attack. 7/10

5 Honey Hireme

Punished Canada with a pair of tries, and her evasive running and ability to spot a gap is a real point of difference in the backline. A solid return to the league World Cup arena. 7.5/10

6 Georgia Hale

The organising half for much of the game, Hale got her forwards in the right place and provided the final pass for a couple of second-half tries. Defended well. 7/10

7 Kimiora Nati

A threat almost every time she carried the ball, breaking the line three times on her way to 96 metres. Nati set up two tries and soaked up plenty of work in defence, making 28 tackles. Also kicked seven from nine off the boot. 7.5/10

8 Lilieta Maumau

The best middle forward on the park, particularly in the second half where she crossed for two tries. Ran for 145 metres and made three line breaks. 8/10

9 Krystal Rota

Worked hard in defence across a 45-minute stint. Didn’t have to do as much as usual as the Kiwi Ferns dominated time on the ball. 6.5/10

10 Bunty Kuruwaka-Crowe

Struggled to replicate the impact we know she is capable of, but didn’t let anyone down. 5/10

11 Sharlene Atai

Held her edge together well defensively, making 20 tackles. Had some nice touches in attack. 6/10

12 Teuila Fotu-Moala

Went looking for the ball, whether it was on the edge or in the middle, and caused issues every time she carried. Crossed for two tries in addition to running for 133 metres. 8/10

Teuila Fotu-Moala
Fotu-Moala goes over for her second try. Credit: NRLPhotos

13 Laura Mariu

Thirty three tackles without a single miss. Locked the middle up well for the Ferns and had some damaging carries. 8/10


14 Nita Maynard

Had a quiet day off the bench without any real impact. Minimal mistakes though. 5/10

15 Krystal Murray

New Zealand’s best off the bench where she lodged 12 carries for 109 metres. Her quick play-the-balls added another dimension. 7.5/10

16 Ngatokotoru Arakua

Keep momentum going when she came on. Good contact through the middle third. 6.5/10

17 Amber Kani

Had a limited role in this one but still came on to add some value in her 23 minutes, making 11 tackles. 5/10