Black Ferns rapt as they put English losing streak to bed

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While England failed to capitalise on a superior scrum throughout the game, the Black Ferns finally found the full-game performance that had eluded them in the first two Test matches. Their backline again shone with four Black Ferns tries to England’s sole second half try to Rochelle Clark.

Playing in front of a noisy 1620 crowd at Pukekohe, the Black Ferns created opportunities and put on a massive defensive display to capitalise on English errors.

Black Ferns Coach Brian Evans was pleased with the complete performance that had eluded the Black Ferns in the first two Tests.

“We talked a lot earlier in the week about getting a good start and I thought we did that. The first five minutes they dominated but when we got a bit of hand on ball, we did well.

“The breakdown, I still thought they were really strong, in fact I still think we struggled at times to live with them. I was really pleased with our defence, our line speed was awesome, we were getting up really flat and really pushing them and I think it showed with some forcing the errors.”

Captain Fiao’o Fa’amausili said: “It felt awesome, we came here to put our stamp on the series and that’s what we did. I think we really came together and we wanted to start on the whistle and that’s what happened. The English came back at us in the second half and we just bounced back again so I think the girls lifted at the right times in the game.

“We ticked some girls getting their debuts and some girls winning in the black jersey and that’s what we’ve come out with. We’re really happy and the senior players are stoked because we’ve been on a losing streak and now we know the whole team is on a winning side now.”

England captain Sarah Hunter: “The whole series is not what we wanted to achieve. We came here to win the Series and obviously that didn’t happen. We had really focussed to come here and finish on a high and unfortunately it didn’t happen that way. We gave New Zealand a bit of a head start in the first half and it’s a long way back against a side as good as New Zealand to give them that head start and to fight back. But all credit to the girls we dug in deep right to the very end.”

England Coach Gary Street: “There are still parts of the game where we were pleased with and that we’ll look at, but we came here to find out where we really are 12 months from the World Cup. We’ve got a massive programme going forward and to come to New Zealand playing the best opposition we can, gives us a real grounding for where we are.”