28 Jun 2015

Black Ferns outclass Canada

6:01 pm on 28 June 2015

The New Zealand women's rugby team have beaten Canada 40-22 in their opening match of a quadrangular tournament in Calgary.

Honey Hireme

Honey Hireme Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Nine players made their debuts for the Black Ferns who out scored the hosts seven tries to four.

Winger Honey Hireme scored twice while Charlene Halapua, Chelsea Alley, Renne Wickliffe, Subritski-Nafatali and Janna Vaughn all crossed the line.

The New Zealand captain Fiao'o Fa'amausili said she's proud of her team's strong start to the competition.

"Canada gave it to us in the first 20 minutes. We dug deep and held out."

"We take pride in our breakdown. Our forwards want to muscle up and take that space. It's something we're gonna keep improving on," said Fa'amausili.

The Black Ferns assistant coach Rueben Samuels said his players were fighting fatigue in the warm conditions.

"They did well to pull through a couple of tired moments. The effort they put in to squeeze some more points on and deliver the defence when they needed to, even though a few got through, saw the game out."

The Black Ferns play world champions England on Thursday who earlier defeated the USA 39-13.

"We've got a big day tomorrow recovering," said Fa'amausili, "because that game's in four days time."

"We'll go back and look at our videos. There's areas we need to polish especially in our set pieces, so we'll go from there."

1 - Toka Natua

2 - Fiao'o Fa'amausili (captain)

3 - Aleisha Nelson

4 - Eloise Blackwell

5 - Chamaine Smith

6 - Charlene Halapua

7 - Justine Lavea

8 - Linda Itunu

9 - Kendra Cocksedge

10 - Victoria Subritski-Nafatali

11 - Renee Wickliffe

12 - Chelsea Alley

13 - Stacey Waaka

14 - Honey Hireme

15 - Selica Winiata (vice captain)

16 - Teresa Te Tamaki

17 - Aldora Itunu

18 - Te Kura Ngata-Aerengamate

19 - Angie Sisifa

20 - Lesley Ketu

21 - Emma Jenson

22 - Kiritapu Demant

23 -Janna Vaughn