Women's RWC Day 4 round-up: England see off France, NZ cruise past USA; Ireland, Wales lose
Last Updated: 22/08/17 10:47pm
Day four of the Women's World Cup took place on Tuesday in Belfast, as the two semi-finals and a host of other knockout games took place.
Find out who came out on top below...
England 20-3 France
Holders England booked a Women's Rugby World Cup final appointment with New Zealand after beating France 20-3 in Belfast.
Prop Sarah Bern and substitute back Megan Jones scored second-half tries during an absorbing defence-dominated contest at Kingspan Stadium.
Centre Emily Scarratt, who was the star of the show when England defeated Canada to be crowned world champions in Paris three years ago, kicked two penalties and two conversions, setting up a mouthwatering showdown against the Black Ferns in four days' time.
France dominated large periods of the semi-final's opening 40 minutes, yet they floundered on a magnificent England defence that time and time again denied their opponents.
New Zealand 45-12 USA
Wing Portia Woodman scored four tries as New Zealand cruised into the Women's Rugby World Cup final by crushing the United States 45-12 in Belfast.
Woodman proved unstoppable at the Kingspan Stadium, with the world number one-ranked nation crossing for seven tries.
The four-time world champions took a third-minute lead when fly-half Victoria Subritzky-Nafatali touched down, and after their opponents briefly led, a Kendra Cocksedge penalty edged New Zealand back in front before she converted Woodman's opener to secure a 15-7 interval advantage.
A second Woodman score and Cocksedge penalty opened up a 16-point gap, and then New Zealand underlined their quality during a blistering final quarter that saw them claim four tries in 15 minutes.
Woodman added two more, then replacement hooker Te Kura Ngata-Aerengamate claimed another touchdown before Kelly Brazier completed an emphatic second-half display and Cocksedge converted.
Ireland 24-36 Australia
Ireland's hopes of contesting the fifth-place play-off at the Women's Rugby World Cup were ended as they were unable to beat Australia for a second time this tournament, losing 36-24.
The game was in the balance with the scores tied at 12-12 after 34 minutes, but Australia powered away with 24 unanswered points either side of half-time.
Australia struck first through captain Sharni Williams' eighth-minute try, but Ireland were ahead when Ailis Egan pounced from a rolling maul and Nora Stapleton converted.
Wing Alison Miller extended Ireland's lead after jinking through the Wallaroos' defence. It was a level game when Sarah Riordan burst off the back of a scrum and Ashleigh Hewson converted.
Australia did not look back after that as prop Hilisha Samoa, flanker Millie Boyle try and wing Mahalia Murphy ran in tries and Hewson added three conversions and a penalty for an 11-point haul.
Ireland finished strongly when Sophie Spence and Paula Fitzpatrick claimed consolation tries in the final six minutes.
Wales 0-52 Canada
Wales' hopes of a top-five finish at the Women's Rugby World Cup were ended in emphatic fashion by Canada, as they had no answer to the Canadians' superior pace and power and crashed to a 52-0 defeat at Queen's University in Belfast.
It means Wales, who were beaten 15-0 by Canada in the pool stage, must now play host nation Ireland for seventh spot when the tournament draws to a close on Saturday.
Canada, runners-up at the 2014 World Cup, scored tries through Elissa Alarie (2), Barbara Mervin, Jacey Grusnick, Karen Paquin, Cindy Nelles and Brianna Miller, while there was also a seven-point penalty try and Miller kicked five conversions.
Italy 22-0 Japan
Earlier in the day, Italy secured their place in the ninth-place playoff after a Melissa Bettoni score and Michela Sillari brace saw them run out comfortable victors over Japan.
Spain 31-7 Hong Kong
Spain booked a place in the ninth-place play-off against Italy with a routine 31-7 victory over Hong Kong at Queen's University.
The game was finally poised at the break with a scoreline of 14-7, but Spain pulled away in the end with Isabel Rico, Amaia Erbina, Iera Echebarria and Carlota Meliz each registering tries.