Black Ferns

NZ Rugby World - - 2017 The Year In Review -

There was gen­uine class and brav­ery in the way the Black Ferns went about their World Cup cam­paign.

They had lost to Eng­land prior to the tour­na­ment and knew they had to find new lev­els in their game – tighten their set piece, im­prove their de­fence and sharpen their at­tack.

They did all that nicely dur­ing the pool stages, lift­ing to an­other level in the semi­fi­nal and then de­liv­er­ing a huge sec­ond half to storm past Eng­land and be­come cham­pi­ons.

What im­pressed was the way they adapted in the fi­nal. They sensed they needed to come through the for­wards more, pick and go and squeeze the English in the mid­dle of the park.

It was as­tute anal­y­sis and bril­liantly ex­e­cuted and the way they just kept com­ing hard with ball run­ners was sen­sa­tional.

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