The Black Ferns crowned Rugby World Cup champions »

Stacey Fluhler sports a smile that could melt margarine. A try she scored to help the Black Ferns Sevens win the Olympic final against France in Tokyo last year has become an iconic image. Unfortunately, no one was inside the stadium to see him.

A year later, in front of a world record crowd for a women’s rugby international of 42,379 at Eden Park, Fluhler smiled gloriously again. In the 73rd minute, she launched an unlikely offload from the ground to wing Ayesha Leti-I’iga to put the Black Ferns ahead 34-31 in the Rugby World Cup decider.

It was a try that required such rare skill and courage that it ended Fluhler’s game, but she was still smiling when helped from the pitch, roaring to the sideline by the crowd local euphoria.

There was still Mahi required in defense but Fluhler’s smile is unbreakable, as is the hosts’ spine. England’s signature rolling maul was eventually disallowed in the final game of the game as the Black Ferns emerged victorious.

Earlier, the Black Ferns were down 14-0 in as many minutes as Ellie Kildunne and Amy Cokayne scored tries for England.

In the 17th minute, Lydia Thompson rushed in to prevent Portia Woodman from breaking the touchline. Unfortunately, the two heads clashed with Thompson, the hard-bound tackle. Thompson scored two tries in the 2017 World Cup final against the Black Ferns.

With the exception of the occasional escapes from the Black Ferns, the game quickly followed a reboot, regression, and rumble pattern.

The Red Roses rolling maul was unstoppable. It was ironic that Georgia Ponsonby scored the Black Ferns’ first try on a rolling maul. Marlie Packer responded in the same way for England.

Leti-I’iga found rare space on the wing, but only after a rolling maul, before Amy Rule and Cokayne traded maul tries from rolling mauls. The half-time score was 26-19 for England, a seven-point deficit is the same as winning the 2017 World Cup final. Neither team lost a first-half lineout. time with 13 combined wins.

Fluhler dazzled early in the second spell with a break of 22 linking fellow Gisborne Renee Holmes before recovering it again, 24-26.

Prop Krystal Murray put the Black Ferns ahead 29-26 only for Cokayne to complete his second consecutive hat trick against the Black Ferns to make it 31-29 against England.

A yellow card from Kennedy Simon in the 64th minute provided a big opener for the Red Roses, but the Black Ferns kept their composure to stop England’s world record 30 Test wins in a row.

On November 7, 2021, the Black Ferns lost 56-15 to England.

Ngā Mamaku o Aotearoa – black ferns. “We will come together and unite. Strength together. It will be done.

Black Ferns: 34 (George Ponsonby, Ayesha Leti-I’iga 2, Amy Rule, Stacey Fluhler, Krystal Murray tries, Renee Holmes 2 con) England: 31 (Ellie Kildunne, Amy Cokayne 3, Marlie Packer, tries, Emily Scarratt 3 con)