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.