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Wales Women fall to ruthless New Zealand

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Wales have suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of former world champions New Zealand in the first round of the Women's Rugby World Cup.

The ruthless Kiwis ran in eight tries to win by 44 points to 12.

Rowland Phillips' side enjoyed a prolonged period of pressure in the first half before the opposition cut loose.

Second half tries from Wales' Sioned Harries and Melissa Clay offered them some consolation.

Wales now turn their attentions to a follow up tough test against Canada on Sunday.

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FT: Stevenage 3 - 3 Newport County

It's a draw for Newport against Stevenage away at Broadhall Way.

The team finished the first half a goal down, rising to 3-1 by the 72nd minute. But late goals from defender Mickey Demetriou and forward Shawn McCoulsky saw them come back strong to finish with a draw.

Their next two games will continue to be away as work is ongoing to refurbish the pitch at Rodney Parade.

FT: Burton Albion 0 - 1 Cardiff City

It's a win for the Bluebirds away at the Pirelli Stadium. Warnock's side hasn't lost any of their last 10 matches on the opening weekend of the season.

The last minute goal came from Kenneth Zahore in 87th minute, assisted by Loïc Damour.

The team were without winger Kadeem Harris, who could be off for three months after an injury to his ankle.

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