Rugby World Cup 2021: What we learned from the second round
We recap all the action from a gripping second round of RWC 2021 at the Northland Events Centre and Waitakere Stadium.
The second round of Rugby World Cup 2021 certainly did not disappoint as three teams booked their place in the quarter-finals.
England, Canada and hosts New Zealand all made sure of their passage into the last eight, while the Black Ferns secured top spot in Pool A.
History was made in Auckland on Sunday, meanwhile, as Fijiana edged to a first-ever Rugby World Cup win as they beat South Africa at Waitakere Stadium.
As the dust settles on another momentous weekend in Auckland and Whangārei, we crunch the numbers behind those results.
5 – tries scored by Canada hooker Emily Tuttosi and Black Ferns winger Portia Woodman in the opening two rounds of RWC 2021, more than any other player.
10 – offloads made by New Zealand fly-half Ruahei Demant during the Black Ferns’ 56-12 win against Wales in Auckland. Demant contributed a try and three conversions to the victory.
11 – defenders beaten by South Africa’s Aseza Hele in the Springbok Women’s 21-17 defeat to Fiji on Sunday.
13 – entries into the Wales 22 by the Black Ferns at Waitakere Stadium, 10 of which resulted in a try.
23 – ball carries by Australia number eight Grace Hamilton and Fiji prop Siteri Rasolea in their respective round two matches, more than any other player on the weekend.
28 – tackles made by Marjorie Mayans in France’s 13-7 defeat to England in Whangārei. Mayans has completed 39 tackles across the opening two rounds, second only to Scotland captain Rachel Malcolm (44).
45 – ball carries made by Sophie de Goede across Canada’s Pool B victories against Japan and Italy in the opening two rounds, nine more than second-placed Grace Hamilton (36).
175 – metres made with ball in hand from 14 carries by Black Fern Portia Woodman against Wales, 12.5 metres per carry. Wales carried for 280m in total at Waitakere Stadium.
267 – metres kicked by Wallaroos fly-half Arabella McKenzie during Australia’s narrow 14-12 victory against Scotland.
1,128 – total metres carried with ball in hand by the Black Ferns against Wales on Sunday. Fiji (1,069m) were the only other team to carry more than 1,000 metres this weekend.