Topic: Rugby

Black Ferns finish season on high

By Moana Makapelu Lee

The NZ Blacks Ferns have wrapped their season campaign on a winning note after successfully defeating Ireland this morning, 38 – 8.

The team remains unbeaten this year having one five from five matches.

Coach Glenn More says: “It's been a really good year for us, we've played 5 test matches and we've played games that we've played particularly well in. We've had to fight in some to win which has been good and today has been a similar type outing. It took quite a bit to get some parity but once we did and created some space, our players with the flare really shone through.”

Selica Winiata found NZ’s first try in the first six minutes.  Ireland’s powerhouse loose forward, Paula Fitzpatrick tried to find a breakthrough in the 10th minute with attempted runs off two scrums, but the Blacks Ferns continued to lift their defence breaking down the host’s strategies.  Eventually, a penalty kick to Ireland off the foot of Nora Stapleton saw them narrow the margins by half-time, 5-3 to NZ.

Winiata found her second try one minute into the second half and Portia Woodman extended the lead with three consecutive tries. Kendra Cocksedge struggled to find the posts in the first half however made a comeback in the second half converting three tries. Kelly Brazier found NZ’s last try at the 73rd minute.

Ireland wouldn’t go down without a fight, Niahm Kavanagh scoring Ireland’s first try at overtime.

The Black Ferns begin their 2017 campaign in June as they prepare for the World Cup.