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Kiwi Ferns and New Zealand Police both in World Cup Finals
Suncorp Stadium will have a strong New Zealand flavour on Saturday night when three national teams are all in World Cup action.
While the main event will be the Pirtek Kiwis -England Rugby League World Cup semi-final, the Kiwi Ferns and the New Zealand Police will both play in their World Cup grand finals in lead-up matches.
The Kiwi Ferns reached their decider by beating England 16-4 in their semi-final on the Sunshine Coast last night. After leading 6-0 at halftime, the New Zealanders finished up with three tries in all to advance to the final against the home side, the Jillaroos.
Earlier in the tournament the Kiwi Ferns had beaten the Pacific Islands side 72-0, Tonga 42-4 and Samoa 26-4.
The New Zealand Police, with former Kiwi coach Frank Endacott in charge, also kept their unbeaten record intact by holding off Australia 14-10 in their final pool game.
After leading 10-0 at the break, the Kiwi side found itself back on level terms at 10-10 before clinching a date against Fiji at Suncorp Stadium with a late match-winner. When the New Zealanders met Fiji in their opening pool game, they had a 14-4 victory.
The New Zealand Police meet their Fijian counterparts in their final at 3.05pm local time on Saturday while Kiwi Ferns play their final against Australia at 5.00pm.
Kiwi Ferns 16 (Tafale Chan Ting, Katarina Whata Simkin, Honey Hireme tries; Trish Hina 2 conversions). England 4.
New Zealand Police 14 (Papaloa Talosaga, Boycie Nelson tries; Leo Malaki conversion, 2 penalties). Australian Police 10.