Black Ferns ready for redemption

The 12-43 loss in Exeter last weekend uncovered some rust within the team, in their first international in two years.


“We were disappointed. I don’t think we kicked well and its difficult to launch any sort of game when you aren’t wining your own line out ball, so those have been two areas we have looked at.


“We probably bombed three or four opportunities in the first 20 minutes last week; if you convert some of those it puts pressure on the opposition.”


A thorough review, which was described as ‘brutal’ earlier in the week by Assistant Coach Wesley Clarke, set the team up for a strong week of training in Northampton.


A number of changes have been made, with Moore wanting to test new combinations.


“We had a plan when we came away that we wanted to try various combinations and we have a plan around that. Trying these sorts of things next year will be too late, a perfect example is pairing Grace Brooker with Stacey Fluhler in the midfield, its something we’ve trained that now we can put into play.”

Moore has the luxury of welcoming back one of the world’s best in Portia Woodman this weekend.


“She’s excited and we’re excited to have her back. It’s not just her experience but it’s the ability to play in a pressure environment. Having some experienced campaigners that are sued to playing in the pressure cooker will help stabilize the ship.”


Elsewhere, Wellington lock Joanah Ngan-Woo comes into the starting XV for her first Test start.


“While Joanah hasn’t had a lot of Test match game time, back home she is regarded as a line out specialist and studies it just as good, if not better, than most so we are confident of her going in there.”

While Moore said this tour is an opportunity to test new combinations and blood new players ahead of the World Cup defence in 2022, that is not the only focus.


“We come away wanting to win all the matches we play, we don’t hide from that and we don’t seek out an underdog status.”





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