Undefeated Black Ferns still have plenty of work to do

NZR     15 Jun 2014     NZR

Four tries in the opening half gave the hosts a 26-7 lead in what was the final match of the International Women's Rugby Series. But Canada grew another level in the second half, holding the Black Ferns to one try while scoring two of their own to eventually go down 33-21.

Evans showed some concern in his side's second half performance after they had started well by scoring their fifth try of the afternoon.

"We started the second half well, I thought. If we got on top of it we might have done well.

"But they got on top of us in the end. We missed some tackles and we made the game pretty hard work."

With superb conditions at Whakatane's Rugby Park, both sides were able to express themselves. Canada made two early line breaks before the Black Ferns got on the board in the opening 10 minutes through captain Fiao'o Fa'amausili.

It would be the start of a game that was played at a frantic pace. It was only natural, then, that teams would tire.

"I thought both teams a were pretty tired in the second half and it was a matter of who was going to stick at it, and to be fair [Canada] stuck at it."

The coach said it was pretty concerning that his side took its foot off the throat and allowed Canada to make an impact in the game.

"You don't want to be doing that but for whatever reason we opened up the game for them. They've got some quality players who put the swords to us a couple of times out wide."

Despite losing the second half 14-7, the Black Ferns held on to go through the International Women's Rugby Series undefeated with two wins over Canada as well as victories over Samoa and Australia.

The team will regroup ahead of August's Women's Rugby World Cup, where the team is aiming to secure it's fifth straight title.