#WRWC2014 Live Blog
- Day one of Women’s Rugby World Cup 2014 live from Marcoussis, France
- France complete a bonus-point 26-0 victory against Wales
- Holders New Zealand begin with a 79-5 victory over Kazakhstan
- Ireland see off USA 23-17 in a thriller
- England wrack up 10 tries in 65-3 win over 14 women Samoa in Pool A
- Wins also for Canada and Australia on the opening day
- Live updates by Tom Jackson and Jamie Hosie
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We'll be back on Tuesday with the second round of pool matches from Marcoussis including mouth-watering games between New Zealand v Ireland and France v South Africa. It all kicks-off at 1300 with USA v Kazakhstan. Until next time, a tout a l'heure.
France lead the way in Pool C thanks to their 26-0 victory over Wales with Australia in second. Finally England are making the early headway in Pool A after a comfortable 65-3 Samoa while Canada are hotly on their heels after a bous win against Spain.
Day One of Women's Rugby Worlc Cup 2014 done and dusted. A fantastic day of action in scorching heat in Marcoussis. The defending champions New Zealand kicked everything off with a 79-5 demolition of Kazakhstan to top Pool B from Ireland, who snuck past USA 23-17.
France's captain Gaelle Mignot: "We are very happy for our first match and to get the victory. The crowd were fabulous."
FULL-TIME: France 26-0 Wales
Bonus-point victory for France but a far from convincing victory. Wales, for large parts, dominated but an interception try by Marion Lievre proved to be the turning point in the contest. The win will settle some nerves though with the French crowd sent home happy and content.
Time has expired as Wales go on the hunt for a score and some points in the French 22.
TRY: France 26-0 Wales (Poublan)
The French crowd will go home happy as Les Bleus secure the bonus point. Camille Grassineau sharp break allows the forwards to set up a massive driving maul. The ball is passed to replacement centre Elodie Poublan, who crashes over from five metres. Le Duff adds the conversion.
YELLOW CARD: Jenny Davies (Wales, 73 minutes)
Wales will end the game with 14. With the penalty count mounting, Wales have tested the patience of Amy Perrett once too often and prop Jenny Davies is sent to the bin for illegally slowing the ball down on her own 10m line.
Ten minutes to go and both teams have sparked into life. End-to-end stuff. Wales fail to capitalise on an overlap on the French left flank.
France still agonizingly close to a fourth try and a precious bonus point. 11 minutes left.
Lievre may not have a better chance to score a hat-trick. Christelle Le Duff weights a kick through and all the French winger needs to do is collect the ball but with the tryline begging, the speedster can only knock forward.
Sioned Harries saves a try with a timely interception. Again, France build off the base of a scrum on the Welsh 10m line. Slick hands leaves a two-on-one before the number eight steps in and ensures the ball is cleared.
Wales trying everything to create an opportunity but ferocious French defence is holding the Welsh at bay. Sandrine Agricole is replaced and leaves the pitch to a standing ovation. The flyhalf has been outstanding this evening.
Replacement bench being emptied by both teams. 21 minutes remaining and Wales need a score soon to get themselves back in the contest. Still trail 19-0.
Immense power shown by France at the scrum sets up another attack for Les Bleues. Wales cynically slow down the ball and are given a final warning by the referee.
MISSED PENALTY: France 19-0 Wales
First opportunity of the second half falls to the boot of Agricole. French are awarded a penalty after Ladagnous is taken out in the air. Not for the first time tonight, however, the French flyhalf is off target. She's made just two of her five kicks this evening.
Like the first half Wales have started the second period dominating possession. Just a lack of precision the difference between the two teams at the moment.
Wales need to pick up the pace and physicality against France - 19-0 down at half time. #WRWC2014— Melissa Wright (@Melissa Wright) 01/08/2014 21:41
From attacking maestro to defensive demon, Agricole thwarts a Welsh attack in the French 22 with a sublime steal at the ruck to win an early penalty.
Back underway in Marcoussis. 40 minutes remaining on day one of Women's Rugby World Cup 2014.
Plenty of praise on social media for Lievre and Agricole. The pair have been the stars for France in the first half.
HALF-TIME: France 19-0 Wales
Three tries in 15 minutes, including a brace for Marion Lievre, put France comfortably ahead at the break. Wales, though, for large parts of the first half were on top. The interception try the pivotal moment in a pulsating opening 40.
TRY: France 19-0 Wales (Lievre)
Agricole and Lievre are quite a formidable duo. A goregous break from Caroline Ladagnous moves France into the Welsh 22. From the recycled ball, Agricole drops an inch perfect crossfield kick into the waiting arms of Lievre who drops over the line. To add salt to the wounds Agricole nails the coversion from the touchline.
TRY: France 12-0 Wales (Izar)
It's been coming for France. For the first time they get a period of possession in the Welsh 22 and the forwards go barging over gainline. Agricole sucks in Wales's defence before throwing a beautiful floaty pass into the arms of Shanon Izar, who beats one defender before diving over. Agricole misses the conversion.
Chants of 'Allez les filles' ring around the Marcoussis as France mount attack after attack in the Welsh 22.
Wales are their own worst enemies at the moment. France are creating little, yet lead 7-0 after half an hour.
Lievre's score has woken the crowd up but the try was very much against the run of play. Wales are immediately back on the front foot with a scrum on the French 10m line.
TRY: France 7-0 Wales (Lievre)
She was denied in the opening minute but there is no stopping speedster Marion Lievre on this occasion. Wales on the attack but a floaty pass is well read by the winger who steps in to intercept the ball and glides effortlessly 80m to score. Sandrine Agricole adds the conversion.
French crowd are restless. No score in 24 minutes and Wales with the better of the action to this point. A few vociferous boos are heard as Les Bleues are penalised at a scrum.
Another good attacking platform is wasted by Wales. From a scrum in the middle of the field, the Welsh move the ball left looking to stretch the French defence but a knock-on hands possession back to France, who clear their 22.
Wales camped in the French 22 but a lack of precision costs them on this occasion as Rachel Taylor is accidentally offside. 18 minutes in, still no score and the referee says it's time for a waterbreak.
France under a lot of pressure early from Wales with the women in red managing to silence the passionate home crowd in Marcoussis. Encouraging signs at the moment for the Welsh, who are building phases of play nicely.
Wales enjoying the best of the early stages. Very physical up front and they are rewarded with a penalty which the kick into touch for an attacking lineout 5m out. A poor throw, however, means the opportunity is wasted.
Open start to the game with both sides keen to play with ball in hand. Both defence's drifting across well though.
Amazing start France counter-attack 80m from a defending scrum. Wales's scrambling defence is magnificent though and they force the turnover and win the penalty.
Wales get the final fixture of day one underway. Both teams in their traditional blue and red strips.
Two teams making their way out for the anthems with temperatures around 22C. It means water breaks at 20 and 60 minutes so the game is almost being played in four quarters rather than two halves.
Tough task for Wales this evening facing the reigning Six Nations champions but the youngest team in this year's tournament will show no fear.
Quickly approaching kick-off in Marcoussis between France and Wales in today's final fixture. We get underway in 15 minutes.
Big wins, so far, today for defending champions New Zealand and England; Ireland squeezed past USA in the game of the day while Australia and Canada ran out comfortable winners in their respective fixtures.
Phew, what an amazing few hours of rugby that's been. Five games in and still the main event to go this evening as hosts France face Wales in the final fixture of day one. Kick-off is in 45 minutes.
England's vice-captain Sarah Hunter: "At times we executed our gameplan but Samoa were excellent and made it really hard for us throughout the game. They brought everything. We really had to work for the victory."
FULL-TIME: England 65-3 Samoa
The odds were always going to be stacked against Samoa once they were reduced to 14 men in the opening 10 minutes of the match but England showed a ruthless streak running in 10 tries in an emphatic victory. They join Canada at the top of Pool A.
TRY: England 65-3 Samoa (Wilson)
Simple rugby at it's finest results in England's 10th try. Moving it one way and then the other allows Kay Wilson the simple task of running into the corner to score. Scarratt can't add to the points tally with the conversion.
PENALTY: England 60-3 Samoa (Milo)
Samoa really do deserve that for all of their hard effort and work. Brenda Milo makes no mistake in front of the posts from the Packer penalty.
YELLOW CARD: Marlie Packer (England, 72 minutes)
At least the game will end 14 v 14. England's penalty count has been high and Amy Perrett has seen enough sending Packer to the bin for 10 minutes.
Into the last nine minutes and Samoa's pain is almost over. They've tried their best but 70 minutes with 14 players would be tough for anyone.
TRY: England 60-0 Samoa (Scarratt)
Too right Melissa. Emily Scarratt has worked her socks off all day and gets her just rewards. Maggie Alphonsi shows some nifty footwork on the left touchline before a gorgeous offload allows Scarratt to canter in under the posts. The centre adds the conversion, taking her individual points tally to 20.
TRY: England 53-0 Samoa (Mason)
Half-century of points for England. Poor old Samoa are just sapped of energy. Another rumbling break into the 22 and the defence fails to cover the blindside, gifting subsitute Toya Mason with a simple finish in the left-hand corner. Scarratt conversion is wide of the posts.
Into the final quarter of England and Samoa. Will Thompson, Merchant or Hunt grab their hat-trick?
Samoa back to 14 players. A fantastic effort by the 13 women for 10 minutes but that period of play would have taken a lot out of them.
TRY: England 48-0 Samoa (Large)
England rediscover their flowing touch. Fantastic move from their own 22m line, started by Lydia Thompson is finished off by Ceri Large. Samoa do their best to cover but are simply overwhelmed by the women in red. At least three players were queuing up to score but Large takes the honours. Scarratt adds the conversion. Still 20 minutes to go.
TRY: England 41-0 Samoa (Hunt)
As gutsy as Samoa have been, England have shown some fabulous skills in attack. Natasha Hunt, who has been at the centre of everything good about the Reds' performance, throws a lovely dummy to baffle the Blues defence before gliding 30m across the turf to touchdown for her second try. Scarratt adds the conversion.
Samoa will win many plaudits for this gutsy display. England struggling for fluidity despite playing against 13. For a moment the Blues are down to 11 with two players down injured. A chance for both teams to take on some water with this momentary stoppage.
Sin-bin is a huge shame for Samoa. They had started well in the second half and were on top but that Collins' yellow will kill any momentum they were building.
YELLOW CARD: Helen Collins (Samoa, 49 minutes)
Samoa were warned in the first half for diving over the top but Helen Collins just couldn't resist doing it once more at the breakdown. Referee Amy Perrett won't stand for it and the Blues are reduced to 13.
Much like the first half, Samoa have started powerfully at the breakdown. England not rolling away at the breakdown and the referee puts the women in red on a final warning.
MISSED PEN: England 34-0 Samoa
Wow. Amazing. Samoa can't find the kicking tee so have to take a drop goal for the penalty. A great effort by Mac Collins but it sails just wide. Meanwhile, there's a man with a hefty set of lungs screaming "ENGLAND" at the top of his voice. Seems he has a family connection...
Back underway for the second half between England and Samoa. Early opportunity for the Blues to get on the board as England penalised for at the breakdown.
HALF-TIME: England 34-0 Samoa
Ruthless display of rugby by England against the 14 women of Samoa. Five tries all stunning in their own right with a brace each for Thompson and Merchant with Hunt adding the fifth.
Ireland captain Fiona Coughlan: "The New Zealand game is the one we're going to focus on now - obviously they had a great win today. If we can step it up another level, it'll be a great game."
TRY: England 34-0 Samoa (Hunt)
Sensational solo try for Natasha Hunt. Samoa penalised on the England 10m line, Hunt takes the quick-tap and beats five defenders to score from 60m. Scarratt unable to add the conversion.
USA captain Kate Daley:
"Obviously we knew it was going to be a challenging game, but we still have two more games and the tournament's not over. We have two more games that we can win - I feel confident in my team."
TRY: England 29-0 Samoa (Thompson)
England secure the bonus point as Lydia Thompson eases her way over for her second score of the game. Slick hands allows the Worcester wing to a tackle free passage over the tryline. Scarratt adds the conversion from the touchline.
FULL-TIME: USA 17-23 IRELAND
A gutsy victory for Ireland who showed enormous amounts of heart to hang on against a USA side that threw everything at them in the second half. In the end it was Ireland's resilence in defence that won them that game, while the USA will bemoan too many small errors at inopportune times.
England sensing chance to run up a cricket score here camped in the Samoan 22. Half-time can't come soon enough for the Blues.
Niamh Briggs feels the nerves and misses a penalty in front of the posts... the USA have one final roll of the dice to claw their way to victory.
TRY: England 22-0 Samoa (Thompson)
Jaws. Duly. Dropped. Undoubtedly the try of the day scored by Lydia Thompson with defenders reeling in her wake following a sensational 70m run up the left flank. Picking the ball up from an almost static position, she accelerates past her marker before zooming up the line and under the posts. And Emily Scarratt adds the extras. Just brilliant.
Briggs looks for the full house with a drop goal attempt, but it sails wide. Still a six point ball game between USA and Ireland. Breathless stuff.
TRY: England 15-0 Samoa (Merchant)
Lovely interplay from England and maurading winger Kat Merchant is on hand again to score under the posts as she latches onto Katy McLean's deft offload. Scarratt adds the coversion.
Like Sara says once again Kat Merchant shows her silky footwork with her first try.
With 10 minutes to go there can't be many fingernails left amongst the USA and Ireland fans in Marcoussis. Both sides are back to their full compliment of players, and there are still only six points in it. What a finale we have in store.
TRY: England 8-0 Samoa (Merchant)
Try number 42 of Kat Merchant's international career. Fantastic solo score by the England winger beating several Samoan defenders from 45m. Scarratt's conversion hits the upright.
PEN: USA 17-23 Ireland (Briggs)
Briggs compounds USA's misery with a well-struck penalty to give Ireland the smallest amount of breathing space.
PENALTY: England 3-0 Samoa (McLean)
Katy McLean converts in front of the posts after the penalty for the red card.
Yellow Card: Shaina Turley (USA, 58 mins)
Cynical play from Turley at the breakdown and USA are down to 14 for the second time in the game.
RED CARD: Soteria Pulumu (Samoa, 12 minutes)
No option for Amy Perrett but to send Pulumu off. The Samoan fullback is adjugded to have taken England's Natatsha Hunt beyond the horizontal and not brought her safely back to the ground.
Samoa's physicality is immense. They have knocked England back in several tackles in the opening 10 minutes.
Samoa are far from daunted at prospect of facing England. They are enjoying the opening exchanges of the match and are on the front foot.
It's still USA 17-20 Ireland. The Eagles are battering away at the Irish defensive line, but it holds firm and they force a knock-on to relieve the pressure for a bit.
Scrum half Danny Care joining several high-profile supporters including Prince Harry and Prime Minister David Cameron to wish England good luck in this competition.
Ireland may only be ahead by three points, but the Fields of Athenry rings out around the ground in suburban Paris. The Irish fans are in good voice, as always.
Samoa playing in their tradition blue strip while England are in their changed colours of red with white strips as Katy McLean gets the game underway.
Five minutes until England and Samoa kick-off in Pool A. Plenty of English fans have made the trip to Marcoussis, a jaunty 25km from the French capital and home of France's national centre for rugby. A fitting setting.
TRY: USA 17-20 Ireland (Farmer)
That's exactly the start Ireland didn't want, with USA Carmen Farmer crashing over for a five-pointer. Astonishingly, Farmer only started playing rugby two years ago, so a great moment for her. Rozier adds the extras again.
Ireland, with an average age of just under 30, boast the oldest squad at the tournament - they're going to need all that experience to hold onto this lead over a motivated USA side. The players are back out and we're about to get underway in the second half.
HALF-TIME: USA 10-20 IRELAND
A real pendulum of a half there, with the momentum swinging back and forth between Ireland and the USA. Both sides have been guilty of too much indiscipline which has resulted in a yellow card apiece, but it has been Ireland who have shown the greater clinical edge to take them in ahead at the break.
Craig is quite right. We are just over 15 minutes away from the 2010 runners-up taking their bow in the tournament against Samoa.
TRY: USA 10-20 Ireland (Briggs)
Brazen, bullocking forward play from Ireland as their pack marches towards the line and, bizarrely, it's fullback Niamh Briggs that pops up at the bottom of the pile of bodies. She goes on to convert her own try.
PEN: USA 10-13 Ireland (Rozier)
That yellow card offence also yields an easy three-point opportunity for the USA - Kimber Rozier makes no mistake from in front of the posts.
Yellow Card: Claire Molloy (Ireland, 34 mins)
Molloy joins USA's Walsh in the sinbin as Ireland are reduced to 14.
"It's pretty hot out there," said Australian captain Shannon Parry. "But we will take the win. It was a good first half performance and good to get a hit out but there's more to come from us.". Australia face Wales in their next Pool C match on Tuesday.
TRY: USA 7-13 Ireland (Egan)
Relentless pressure from the Irish as they pound away at the Eagles' line, eventually yielding a try for prop Ailis Egan. No less than they deserved for a period of sustained dominance. Briggs adds the extras.
Yellow Card: Sarah Walsh (USA, 29 mins)
Great image there of the Canadian players thanking the fans who were out in force to cheer them on earlier. What rugby is all about.
FULL-TIME: Australia 26-3 South Africa
Impressive opening victory for Australia. Ashleigh Hewson will take the plaudits with 16 points. Work to do for South Africa, who showed flashes of excellency but were error stewn throughout.
One minute to go. Australia with possession. One last shot at securing a bonus point?
Australia back to their full compliment of players as Buttler returns from her sin-bin.
Niamh Briggs, a member of the Garda in another life, is starting to run the show now. She dabs a deft little grubber kick to pin the USA back on their own five metre line.
Under five minutes to go between Australia and South Africa. Can Shannon Parry's team score a fourth try and secure a bonus point?
TRY: Australia 26-3 South Africa (Brown)
Third try for Australia. Quick hands through the backline sets up Tricia Brown to dive over in the corner. Hewson misses the conversion.
It's still 7-6 to USA over Ireland, but the Eagles have had territorial dominance and it's really only due to some superbly dogged defence from Ireland that they're not further behind.
It's taken half an hour in the second half but an Australian penalty gives Hewson the opportunity to add to the lead. It's a long-range effort and the full back comes close striking the left upright.
Great shot of Magali Harvey there - she was truly sensational earlier for Canada. Certainly one to keep your eye on for the rest of the tournament.
The game is starting to drift. South Africa are trying to force the pace with 14 minutes to go and trailing by 18. Australia look comfortable.
Don't worry Bronagh, we won't tell anyone if you don't...
PEN: USA 7-6 Ireland (Briggs)
Another sweetly struck penalty from Niamh Briggs glides between the sticks and it's a one-point ball game.
YELLOW CARD: Chloe Butler (63 mins, Australia)
Chloe Butler goes off her feet to kill a South African attack. Leah Berard has no hesitation in showing the yellow card.
TRY: USA 7-3 Ireland (Kugler)
Superb line picked by back row Lynelle Kugler as she crashes over from close range. The conversion is good and the Eagles are out in front.
PEN: USA 0-3 Ireland (Briggs)
Niamh Briggs gets the scoring underway in this one, slotting a penalty to give Ireland the lead.
Australia and South Africa reach the mid-point of the second-half and the players stop for a well-deserved water break, it's steaming hot out there in the golden Parisian sunshine. Plenty of mistakes in the last 20 minutes with no addition to the scoreboard. The Aussies still lead 21-3.
Weston's sin-bin is over and South Africa have survived the 10 minutes without conceding. Score remains 21-3 to Australia.
No rest for the wicked - the games are coming thick and fast here in Marcoussis. USA vs Ireland is about to kick-off in Pool B, and it's great to see the smiling faces of the Irish and American players as they belt out their anthems - you can really see what it means to them to be here.
Canada open proceedings in Pool A with a comfortable win against Spain. Later today, England will look to put pressure on them with a win of their own over Samoa - and they're looking relaxed as they arrive in Marcoussis.
Despite being down to 14, South Africa are showing great fight. Australia still dominating possession but the Springboks are staying strong in defence. Two minutes left before the sin-binned Weston can rejoin the action.
They've survived three minutes without Weston but this is a pivotal moment in the game for South Africa. If they are to stand any chance of getting back into this match, they will need to limit the damage during the sin-bin.
YELLOW CARD: Shona-Leah Weston (South Africa, 45 mins)
They were threatened in the first-half and referee Berard has finally had enough. Substitute Weston deliberately kills the ball on the floor and South Africa are down to 14. Australia will relish the opportunity to make their numerical advantage count.
South Africa beginning the second half with a sustained period in the Australian half. The Women's Springboks have made their first change full back Cindy Cant being replaced by Siviwe Basweni.
Australia and South Africa are back underway...
FULL-TIME: CANADA 31-7 SPAIN
A scrappy second half comes to an end, but really this game was decided by one of the best 40 minute performances you'll see this World Cup. Magali Harvey was simply sensational in the first half, scoring 24 unanswered points to take the game out of Spain's reach. The Spanish battled hard, but ultimately it was Harvey's brilliance that made the difference.
TRY: Canada 31-7 Spain (Garcia)
Finally, a try for Spain, and it's no less than they deserve for what has been a hugely high level of effort. Replacement Garcia bundles over to rescue some pride for the Spanish.
HALF-TIME: Australia 21-3 South Africa
Fantastic first half for Australia. Full back Ashleigh Hewson has been the star with a try, three pens and a conversion but the Wallabies' forwards have been sensational in setting a platform for the backs. In the rare moments that South Africa have touched the ball they've looked dangerous.
Olivia DeMerchant is back on the pitch after her stint in the sinbin, by the way. Incidentally, she plays her club rugby for the Woodstock Wildmen - a superb name for a rugby club. They probably have some decent post-match shindigs, too.
Not sure what Monsieur Bastareaud would have to say about the tweet below, but there's no doubt these Australian backs are impressing against South Africa.
Huge opportunity for South Africa on the stroke of half-time. Slick handling sees the backs gets the greens onto the Australian tryline - only for a knock-on to end the attack. Big chance missed.
Ashleigh Hewson is stealing the show for Australia. Not for the first time in this first half she breaks several South African tackles, here offload can't be gathered by her teammates.
PEN: Australia 21-3 South Africa (Hewson)
Australia immediately back on the front foot and Hewson has brought her kicking boots today. She makes no mistake in front of the posts.
The second forty has proved to be a more error-strewn one between the Canadians and the Spaniards, but it's taking nothing away from the entertainment here in Marcoussis. It's still 31-0 with a little over 15 minutes to go.
PEN: Australia 18-3 South Africa (Kinsey)
Gadu's break has woken the South Africans up as the forwards go driving towards the Australian line. The Wallabies go off their feet at the breakdown, offering a chance for the Women's Springboks to get themselves on the scoreboard and Tayla Kinsey makes no mistake.
Yellow Card: Olivia DeMerchant (Canada)
Cynical play from replacement DeMerchant at the breakdown, and she sees yellow.
From nowhere South Africa almost get themselves on the scoreboard. A floaty pass goes awry for Australia and is scooped up by Phumeza Gadu but the winger can't get herself over the line.
A nice welcome message from the French sevens side there - there's plenty of crossover between the longer and shorter forms of the game, and a lot of the women on show here have been tearing it up on the sevens circuit in recent times, including Canada try-scorere Marchak.
TRY: Australia 18-0 South Africa (Hewson)
Superb stuff from Ashleigh Hewson. Once again the Australian forwards set the platform with some rumbling ventures over the gainline. The fullback hits the line at speed beating two defenders to score in the corner. She can't add the conversion though.
TRY: Canada 31-0 Spain (Marchak)
Lovely pass in midfield gives Mandy Marchak the chance to sweep through the Spanish defence, and the sevens player burns away from the defence to cross for the first try of the second half. Harvey adds the extras.
Nineteen minutes into the opening game of Pool C and the players have stopped for a water break, a much-needed pause for South Africa who have really struggled so far against a rampant Australia.
No scores in the second half of Canada vs Spain thus far - but fear not Canada fans, Magali Harvey is back out and looks injury free. Nip and tuck stuff at the moment.
PEN: Australia 13-0 South Africa (Hewson)
South Africa are in danger of having someone sent to the sin-bin shortly. Referee Leah Berard warns the Women's Springboks for repeated infringements. This time it's for hands in the ruck and Hewson again makes them pay with the penalty.
PEN: Australia 10-0 South Africa (Hewson)
It is relentless from Australia at the breakdown and South Africa are pinned from holding on in the own 22. Ashleigh Hewson makes them pay from 28m in front of the posts.
Australia are camped in the South African half. Once more Morgan and Williams combined on the right flank but a sloppy piece of handling ends the attack.
Considering that Australia haven't only played two matches sine the last World Cup, they have started very well. South Africa struggling to get possession.
As Grace points out below, it really has been the Magali Harvey show in the first half. Slightly worryingly she was being attended to by the physio in the last couple of minutes of that half - more on that as it comes in.
TRY: Australia 7-0 South Africa (Williams)
Just two minutes on the clock and we have our first try. A piece of individual brilliance from Cobie-Jane Morgan sets up her centre partner Sharni Williams to score under the posts. Ashleigh Hewson adds the conversion.
HALF TIME: CANADA 24-0 SPAIN
It's been all about one woman in the first half. Canada's Magali Harvey has absolutely ripped up in Marcoussis, scoring three tries, three conversions and a penalty to send her side in comfortably ahead. The Spaniards have threatened, but little inaccuracies - knock-ons, offsides - have let them down at crucial times.
Two rousing perfromances of the Australian and South African national anthems. The Springboks get us underway.