Black Ferns claim clean sweep over English

Last updated 18:39 20/07/2013

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The Black Ferns completed a clean sweep of England with a commanding win in the third rugby test at Pukekohe today.

The Black Ferns' resounding four-try 29-8 win cemented a 3-0 series whitewash for the world champions after victories at Eden Park and Hamilton. The series whitewash helped erase the hiding the Black Ferns received in their test series in England late last year.

First-five Kelly Brazier was instrumental in guiding the Black Ferns around the paddock.

Coach Brian Evans was pleased with the complete performance that had eluded his side in the first two tests.

"We talked a lot earlier in the week about getting a good start and I thought we did that. The first five minutes they dominated but when we got a bit of hand on ball, we did well.

"The breakdown, I still thought they were really strong, in fact I still think we struggled at times to live with them. I was really pleased with our defence, our line speed was awesome, we were getting up really flat and really pushing them and I think it showed with some forcing the errors."

Black Ferns captain Fiao'o Fa'amausili was vindicated by her side's response.

"It felt awesome. We came here to put our stamp on the series and that's what we did," Fa'amausili said. "I think we really came together and we wanted to start on the whistle and that's what happened. The English came back at us in the second half and we just bounced back again so I think the girls lifted at the right times in the game.

"We ticked some girls getting their debuts and some girls winning in the black jersey and that's what we've come out with. We're really happy and the senior players are stoked because we've been on a losing streak and now we know the whole team is on a winning side now."

New Zealand 29 (Claire Richardson, Aroha Savage, Selica Winiata, Kendra Cocksedge tries; Kelly Brazier 2 con, pen, Cocksedge con) England 8 (Rochelle Clark try; Katy McLean pen) HT: 17-3

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