DRYBROOK’S Natasha Hunt helped England complete their preparations for a defence of their World Cup triumph in perfect style with a win over New Zealand.
Hunt started at scrum-half for England as they swept to a third win in the International Women’s Series in New Zealand and defeated the Black Ferns 29-21 on their home turf.
England produced a disciplined performance against New Zealand, using their kicking game expertly and playing territory as they scored five tries.
Abbie Scott, Emily Scarratt, Lydia Thompson, Marlie Packer and Vicky Fleetwood all touched down for England.
In a meeting of the top two teams in the world; the Black Ferns struggled to cope with England’s dominance up front and at the set-piece.
Head coach Simon Middleton paid tribute to his side’s character and tactical nous following the victory.
“We’ve got a clear way in which we want to play and we’ve invested a lot of time in being able to control field position as well as being able to control possession,” he said.
“We’ve got some great kickers of the ball and a lot of energy on the field and that came good for us tonight.
“We’ve got a picture of where we are now. With analysis we can look at what we have to improve on but we needed to give everything tonight against the best side in the world and we’ve done that and so are rightfully very happy and very proud.”
England travel to Dublin in August to compete in this year’s World Cup.