2010 in review: Four in a row for Black Ferns
By Paul Morgan
In the rugby world we are often stopped in our tracks by a great try, great match or great tournament. You think back over the last 20 years and there’s Jonah Lomu smashing through the England team in 1995, Sir Clive Woodward lifting the World Cup in 2003 or Dan Carter destroying the Lions in 2005, before masterminding a European Grand Slam for New Zealand.
Joining these world-tilting events in 2010 was the Women’s Rugby World Cup, a tournament that left an indelible mark on anyone who saw a game, whether on TV or at one of the two venues.
Never before has a tournament outside of a Rugby World Cup captured the imagination of the rugby public as this Women’s Rugby World Cup did and it could be the most significant event in the history of the Women’s Game.
An incredible crowd of more than 13,000 saw the final between hosts England and defending champions New Zealand, which was without question the best game of Women’s Rugby ever staged. And those 13,000 didn’t pay a token £5. There was no ‘buy one ticket get two free’ offers. These 13,000 paid upwards of £20 a seat or used their £60 tournament pass and created one of the best atmospheres experienced at the Twickenham Stoop in recent years.
When England wing Charlotte Barras scored her side’s only try in the second half the ear-splitting noise was louder than anything I had experienced at the ground in 20 years of covering matches there.
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- The Black Ferns have now won 19 consecutive World Cup matches since their only defeat, a 7-0 loss to USA in the 1991 semi-finals.
- The three-point winning margin is the closest any team has come to beating New Zealand in their four World Cup winning campaigns since.
- Thirty thousand fans attended the 30 matches at Women's Rugby World Cup 2010, be it at Surrey Sports Park or the Twickenham Stoop.
- The honour as the leading try scorer of the tournament is shared between Black Ferns flyer Carla Hohepa and Canada wing Heather Moyse with seven. Moyse matched her tally of seven four years ago, which made her the top try-scorer then.
- Nine players scored four tries at WRWC 2010 with Ireland No 8 Joy Neville the only forward among them.
- Kelly Brazier's title-winning penalty means she ends Women's Rugby World Cup 2010 as the leading point scorer with 48, taking her above Canada fly half Anna Schnell by two points with USA No.10 Christy Ringgenberg third best on 44 points.
- Kazakhstan and Sweden were the only sides to average less than a try a match.
- A total of 65 yellow cards were handed out across the 36 matches with Kazakhstan receiving the most at 10, one more than South Africa. By contrast England and Scotland had only one player sin-binned in the duration of the tournament.
- Kazakhstan received the tournament's only two red cards with scrum-half Amina Baratova's against South Africa and then second row Svetlana Karatygina in their victory over Sweden.
1. New Zealand
10. South Africa