Black Ferns crush USA to finish fifth at #WRWC2014
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“We just wanted to perform really well for the team, for each other and for all the supporters that are over here and everyone back home that has backed us,” coach Brian Evans said of the performance.
“We were determined to break them down and then keep it on and I thought that was quite impressive how once we started scoring a few tries - we just kept on going,” he added.
Honey Hireme bagged four tries on the right wing to move her tally to five for the tournament, making it a New Zealand trifecta in the competitions leading try scorers column with Shakira Baker and Selica Winiata leading the way with six.
“Honey was fantastic,” Evans said.
“We had her on a bit actually because she’s played really well, but we thought there was a bit more for Honey to show and I think she took that challenge up and had a fantastic day out there.”
The Black Ferns also easily topped the overall team points tally finishing on 245 from their five World Cup fixtures.
Although frustrating to be leading most of the tournament statistics and not be playing for the main prize, Evans was prepared to take it on the chin.
“We know that and it’s too bad because that moment was lost to us, so all we had left was to dig really deep and to show what a good side we really are and I’m really proud of them,” he added
Although resigned to losing a few of his veteran players to retirement post tournament, coach Evans was optimistic about the future.
“I think the team will be strong to be honest,” he said.
“I thought Victoria Subritzky-Nafatali today at 10 ran that game and that was awesome, so there is a group of players in there who are really capable.”
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