Isabelle Kelly celebrates a try with her Jillaroos teammates.
Isabelle Kelly celebrates a try with her Jillaroos teammates.

Jillaroos set up World Cup final clash with NZ

THE Jillaroos are one step closer to retaining the World Cup title, after once again thumping the Canadians in today's semi-final showdown.

Just four days after beating the Ravens 88-0 in a record-breaking effort, the Australian women have notched up a 58-6 victory to progress to Saturday's final against New Zealand.

It was a commanding performance from the Jillaroos, as Isabelle Kelly, Karina Brown, Ali Brigginshaw and skipper Steph Hancock all bagged a double to secure the win.

It was the first half in which the Jillaroos really turned up the heat, scoring eight tries to none to go into the break up 42-0.

The second half was a bit more subdued as the Canadians put up a stronger defensive effort, but the Australians still leaked just one try.

It is a remarkable effort from Brad Donald's women, who won the 2013 World Cup against New Zealand.

They will look to do the same on Saturday, as they aim to send out retiring veterans Hancock and Renae Kunst out on a high.

There were a few injury concerns to come from the match, with Kezie Apps taken off with five minutes remaining with what appeared to be a left wrist problem.

Hancock also spent some time on the sideline with a shoulder issue, but returned midway through the second half to lead her team to the victory.

AUSTRALIA 58 (Isabelle Kelly 2, Karina Brown 2, Ali Brigginshaw 2, Steph Hancock 2, Talesha Quinn, Ruan Sims, Nakia Davis-Welsh tries; Caitlin Moran 7 goals) def CANADA 6 (Natasha Smith try; Irene Patrinos 1 goal)