Heart break at Eden Park for the Red Roses, as an uncharacteristic loss at the line-out with the clock already in the red saw them lose their last chance to get ahead of the Black Ferns.
Simon Middleton had some decisions to make with Hannah Botterman and Hannah Rowland ruled out due to injury and Leanne Infante failing a match day fitness test, but he will be proud of his team, despite the result.
So how did the Red Roses rate in defeat?
1. Vickii Cornborough 7.5/10
A key piece in England’s dominant scrum and a quiet, but key defensive presence for her team.
2. Amy Cokayne 9
Phenomenal work rate, laser-accurate line-out throws and a hat-trick of tries reiterated why Cokayne has made the two shirt her own throughout the tournament
3. Sarah Bern 7
Not her busiest day in attack, but a relentless physical presence.
4. Zoe Aldcroft 6
Left the field before the end of the first half for an HIA. Good work rate as always.
5. Abbie Ward 7.5
Gasping for air in the final minutes, but once again dominated the line-out that set the stage for England’s rolling maul.
6. Alex Matthews 8
Too often the unsung hero, her defensive shifts have been key in the knock-out stages of the tournament and today she once again showed herself to be the key piece for the Red Roses when they’re behind the ball.
7. Marlie Packer 7
Always a menace in defence and attack. Emptied the tank in her time on the pitch.