Canada happy with their displays against the Black Ferns

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Canada were more than competitive in their two series matches against New Zealand, losing 16-8 and 33-21 in contrasting conditions in Tauranga and Whakatane respectively.

The North Americans' risk-and-reward tactics failed to fire in the opening half of their final IWRS match, but a large turnaround in fortune saw the Canadians win the second half 14-7 after losing the first half 26-7.

Ratier said the tactic was something they had planned well in advance and alongside fitness was one of the team's major factors.

“It's one of our strengths, you know. We're confident and know if we take the risks things can happen,” said Raiter.

“There are plenty of things to work on, but in terms of intensity, fitness and movement it was alright.”

Canada had signalled execution was a key area of improvement for the 2010 Women's World Cup fourth-place getters.

But nevertheless the tour had proved extremely beneficial for the Canadians as they returned home.

“I think what we wanted to have was to prove to ourselves and other teams that we are able to compete against the best team in the world.

“The Black Ferns are the world champions. We lost in the first game by eight, the second game we lost by similar margin, so it's fine. We achieved what we wanted to achieve in the tour.”

Canada will reconvene in the French city of Brittany one week out from the Women's World Cup, which begins in Paris on August 2.