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Canada Women point to their fitness as the difference

Rugby Canada

allblacks.com     06 Jun 2014     Rugby Canada

Russell was one of the side's leading lights in a crushing forward pack that improved as the game wore on. Her try, the team's third and final that afternoon, came on the back of some scintillating back play in the 80th minute.

The set piece move illustrated the difference between the two sides. Australia, having defended valiantly for the first 60 minutes, began to tire as the fit Canadians hit their straps.

Russell said fitness was one of many factors that contributed to the three-try victory.

"To put it together in that amount of time felt good," said Russell.

"Something we're working on off the pitch is our fitness levels and it's paying off when our whole pack is moving round the field."

The match was the Canadians' first against Australia in a full international and the physical nature of the match could be seen by a,number of players in either side who were sporting cuts or bandages.

Canada held the majority of possession and were often given too much space by the Australians, who blooded 15 debutants throughout their two matches in the series.

But despite having the dominant forward pack and plenty of space to attack, the Canadian believes there is still plenty of room for improvement.

She noted that a lot of Australia's defensive resilience came courtesy of errors from the Canucks on attack.

"We took it into contact when we shouldn't have. We've got to focus on reading the field a bit better and moving the ball when we need to."

Up next for the Canadians is a Black Ferns side who hold an 8-0 record against the red and blacks. That statistic doesn't faze Russell one bit.

"We're confident in ourselves and our systems. We're ready to go."