Ruan Sims’ Jillaroos cruise into World Cup final

Cheering: Kezie Apps shares an embrace with a team-mate as Australia locked in a World Cup finals berth, dominating Canada on Sunday. Picture: NRL PHOTOS
Cheering: Kezie Apps shares an embrace with a team-mate as Australia locked in a World Cup finals berth, dominating Canada on Sunday. Picture: NRL PHOTOS

Bega rugby league export Kezie Apps suffered a knock to her wrist in the dying minutes of Australia’s resounding win over Canada on Sunday. 

The Jillaroos thrashed the Canadian outfit 58-6 as a warm up to the Women’s Rugby League World Cup final.

As expected, the reigning champions advanced past the vastly inexperienced Ravens in the semi-final to set up a clash with New Zealand in Saturday's tournament decider.

Despite being pulled from the field with just five minutes to go after the wrist injury, pundits have suggested Apps will be back on the field for the headline clash with the Kiwis. 

After a massive opening stanza, the Jillaroos did take their foot off the pedal in the second half with a number of silly mistakes and penalties allowing Canada to score a surprise try.

After five-eighth Ali Brigginshaw opened the scoring in just the second minute, it was largely one-way traffic for Brad Donald's side.

The Australian five-eighth bookended the first-half with two similar tries - on both occasions Canada fullback Irene Patrinos allowed the ball to bounce and Brigginshaw pounced to score when she had no right.

After beating the Ravens 88-0 in their pool clash just four days earlier, the Jillaroos were never expected to be troubled however were at times wasteful.

Canada centre Natasha Smith burrowed over to make it 42-6 eight minutes after the break however the Jillaroos soon took back the ascendancy.

Donald has a headache on his hands over fullback Sam Bremner, who was once again a spectator on Sunday due to a leg injury.

Bremner has not played this tournament while fill-in No.1 Nakia Davis-Welsh was a standout and will be difficult to overlook for the final.

She proved her class with a 50-metre burst to set up Karina Brown midway through the first-half before scoring a scintillating solo try in the 61st minute.

Brigginshaw, Stephanie Hancock, Isabelle Kelly and Karina Brown all scored doubles in the 11 tries-to-one defeat. The Australians will now to look to hold on to their World Cup crown against the Kiwis in the headline fixture on Saturday. 

Statistically, both teams are hard to separate after topping their pools with almost identical figures. 

The Australians have scored 20 more points with 184 over the Kiwi’s 164, but both clubs have fumbled just once to let a four-pointer slip. 

The Kiwis boast the top try scorer, but spots two through four go to the Aussies, providing more areas to attack.