Black Ferns coaches after improvements in second Test

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But despite the large margin of victory, Black Ferns assistant coaches Wesley Clarke and Whitney Hansen are demanding improvements in the second Test against the Wallaroos in Adelaide on Saturday afternoon. 


“There’s always things to work on,” Hansen stressed


“We were back in the dojo, perfecting what it looks like for us at the breakdown. Set piece wise we definitely need to spend more time on our scrum. We're pretty happy with our attacking lineouts but there is some pressure we can put on them defensively.”


Playing abroad adds a different challenge and Clarke believes the hosts will be a different beast this Saturday.


“It’s great for the players to get out of New Zealand. It adds to the challenge. The Aussies will be hurting, which is great for our World Cup preparation,” he said. 


“I’m not happy as the defence coach with the try we conceded in the 79th minute. Wayne (Smith) felt we left six or seven tries out there. We’ve been reviewing what skill sets we need to be sharper at to take the opportunities when they happen.”


Ample opportunities have been provided for individuals to showcase their talent since the new Black Ferns coaching line-up was announced in April. 


No fewer than a dozen new players have been capped in four Tests as the coaches look to firm up their squad for October's World Cup.


“We're in a space where we're looking at what combinations will look like, but we’ve also got to give individuals the chance to express themselves,” Hansen responded.


Kendra Cocksedge, Ruahei Demant, Joanah Ngan-Woo, Ayesha Leti-I'iga and Alana and Chelesa Bremner have all been regular picks but no one is guaranteed selection.


“We’ve been really impressed with everyone and what they’ve showcased so far, but we’ve also got people working hard in the FPC who’ve got to keep on pushing,” Clarke warned.


“We’ve got plans for training against men, and the announcements of other things before the World Cup. Our plan is pretty comprehensive and I’m pretty confident we're in a good space.”


Tyla Nathan-Wong suffered concussion on Saturday, the only injury concern thus far. Sevens players are eligible for World Cup selection, many sending video footage of specific skills they’re working on to transition into fifteens.


Kick off from the Adelaide Oval is at 2.45pm NZT on Saturday, with the match to be broadcast live on Sky Sport. 



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