WRWC: New Zealand cruise into semis

New Zealand secured a convincing 48-5 win over Canada to secure their place in the semifinals and send the 2014 finalists crashing out.

First-half tries from Selica Winiata, Aldora Itunu (2), Stacey Waaka and Kelly Brazier gave the Black Ferns a commanding 29-0 lead at the break.

Fiao’o Faamausili and Renee Wickliffe both crossed the whitewash in the second half before Itunu completed her hat trick. Kendra Cockseage kicked six points, while Brazier converted her side’s final try.

Canada’s sole reply came through Jacey Grusnick’s unconverted score. Defeat for the Canucks leaves them on nine points, one point adrift of the United States, England and France — who all play later on Thursday — in the race for the best runner-up spot.