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Woodman Is Rugby World Cup Record Try-Scorer

Black Ferns winger Portia Woodman scored her 19th and 20th Rugby World Cup tries to overtake Sue Day and help New Zealand book their semi-final spot against France.
02 Nov 2022 16:00
Woodman Is Rugby World Cup Record Try-Scorer
New Zealand winger and top try-scorer Portia Woodman leads the Haka during their Rugby World Cup 2021 quarterfinal match against Wales at Northland Events Centre, Whangarei, New Zealand on October 29, 2022. Photo: Hannah Peters/World Rugby

Black Ferns winger Portia Woodman scored her 19th and 20th Rugby World Cup tries to overtake Sue Day and help New Zealand book their semi-final spot against France.

Speaking to World Rugby Media Woodman said becoming the alltime leading try-scorer in Rugby World Cup history was unreal. The 31-year-old also lead the current try scorer at the Rugby World Cup with seven tries.

“Pretty surreal, but it is all credit to the girls,” she said.

“From 2017 to this World Cup, the girls do all the work at the front and I am literally just there to finish it. That’s my job. “When you see the names up there – Jonah Lomu, Sue Day, Bryan Habana … they are legends of the game themselves so to kind of see myself in the same light as them, I guess, it’s pretty incredible.

It is not something you think will ever come true. It’s an incredible moment but all credit to the team.”

Asked on the secret of being a good try-scorer, Woodman said: “Ultimately I know my strength and my strength is my power and speed, so if I can use that to work with my team we can get the results.”

The Black Ferns would take on France in the second semifinal at 6:30pm on Saturday at Eden Park, Auckland. “France are a big side. You watch their defence, they are a blue line right across and not a lot gets through,” Woodman said.

“Up front, they are really strong but I think our girls showed they have that capacity today.

“With our back line, I trust our skills and I trust our moves but it is going to be a really hard battle.”

Meanwhile, Black Ferns Coach Wayne Smith said the French said would not be easy.

“We’ve said all along that we’ve got a lot of ground to make up. We got some hidings on the tour last year and, again, there is a lot at stake. France are extremely efficient in defence and they have got some good players so it’s going to be a battle.” Asked whether Black Ferns have been tested enough going into such a big game, Wayne said: “17-0 down against Australia was testing.

We’ve had to battle through some games, even today we had to battle through a wee bit at the start. They were really into us and we were into them as well and there were some great collisions out there. It is what it is. Who knows whether we’ve been tested enough.”

Wayne added that New Zealand’s greater Rugby World Cup experience will not determine the outcome of Saturday’s clash. “I don’t think history gives you an edge. I’ve told the girls about the story of 2007 when we beat France 61-10 in Wellington and four months later they beat us in the quarter-final of a World Cup.”

WOMEN’S RUGBY WORLD CUP SEMIFINAL FIXTURES

Saturday November 5 at Eden Park, Auckland:

-3:30pm: Canada v England

-6:30pm: New Zealnd v France

Story By: sereana.salalo@fijisun.com.fj



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