Beevers helps England to opening day win
Leeds Rhinos flyer Caitlin Beever helped England Women to a convincing opening win at the Downer World Cup Nines in Sydney as she crossed for a try in the 25-4 win over Papua New Guinea.
Castleford Tigers’ Rhiannion Marshall was the star for England crossing for two tries while Beevers, Emily Rudge and Leah Burke also crossed for Craig Richards’ side.
It was England who opened the scoring when Marshall – who had only just entered the field in place of Hoyle – sliced through the Orchids line on the back of a well-weighted pass from half-back Faye Gaskin. Marshall finished under the posts which meant a five-point try under the 9s ‘Bonus Try’ rule. Tara Stanley converted to extend the lead.
Richards’ side grew in confidence and it wasn’t long before 18-year-old Caitlin Beevers scored in the corner. Hooker Sinead Peach did well to get the ball free before some quick hands from Rudge opened up space for the Leeds youngster.
Papua New Guinea hit back almost immediately threw Ua Ravu and narrowed the deficit to just seven points going into the break.
England were first to go over after the interval as Jodie Cunningham’s neat offload saw Marshall score her second of the evening. Captain Rudge would score just two minutes later to open up a convincing lead heading into the final five minutes of the game.
Winger Burke – wearing the England shirt for the first-ever time – finished the scoring to confirm a dominant victory in the first Women’s game of the Downer Rugby League World 9s.
England now face Australia (1435 AEDT/0435 BST) and New Zealand (1805 AEDT/0805 BST) on Saturday at Bankwest Stadium with the top two sides from the Women’s group progressing to Saturday evening’s final.
England: Amy Hardcastle; Caitlin Beevers, Dannielle Anderson, Emily Rudge, Faye Gaskin, Jodie Cunningham, Shona Hoyle, Sinead Peach, Tara-Jane Stanley.
Interchanges: Rhiannion Marshall, Georgia Roche, Leah Burke, Georgia Wilson.