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Black Ferns seeking clarity on attack

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allblacks.com     14 Jun 2014     Getty Images


Evans’ side has won all three matches in the International Women’s Rugby Series, but were made to sweat by a physical Canada side in atrocious conditions at the Tauranga Domain on Tuesday.

Despite a 16-8 victory, Evans said he knew his side wanted to improve and accuracy was something the team was targeting.

“We’ve finalised all the preparation. We’ve talked a lot about being more accurate than we’ve been.

“We want to make sure the gameplans our players have worked on they stick to the game.”

While conditions and some aggressive defensive line speed from the Canadians stymied their plans, Evans expected his side would respond in much more friendly conditions at Whakatane’s Rugby Park.

“Conditions always have a lot to do with how you play.”

Meanwhile, wholesale changes to the side meant Emma Jensen and Kelly Brazier are playing their second match of the series together at halfback and first five-eighths respectively.

One omission from the starting lineup that raised eyebrows was Selica Winiata. The fullback, who has seven tries in three IWRS matches, has been relegated to the bench in a decision Evans said was based purely on developing depth.

“Renee [Wickliffe] has played a lot at fullback but it’s just to help cover everything.”