Black Ferns prepared for Hong Kong clash

The Black Ferns kicked off their world cup campaign with a convincing 44-12 win over Wales.
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The Black Ferns kicked off their world cup campaign with a convincing 44-12 win over Wales.

While only approaching their second match of pool play on Sunday night, Black Ferns' coach Glenn Moore is having a sideways glance at other possible contenders for the Rugby World Cup.

After a convincing 44-12 win over Wales where the Black Ferns ran in eight tries, it would be easy to become complacent as they head towards their second match against Hong Kong.

However, Moore says even if they shoot home three consecutive wins in their pool, the world cup system operates on points scored, so it was important to capitalise at these early stages even against the rugby minnows.

"You've got to respect them [Hong Kong] and prepare the same and then go out and do the work."

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Moore said if his side could continue to win by large margins through the pool stage, it would help with not only their draw in playoffs, but momentum too.

This week Moore and his coaching staff sat down to watch every other match in the opening round to get a better idea of what they may be up against if and when they reach the quarter finals.

"The Northern Hemisphere teams are looking really good, France is a big side and they're a lot fitter than when they played the Six Nations."

Moore was happy with his side's victory over Wales and said any influence jet lag may have had over the girls was wiped clear by now.

"We played pretty well; we were a little bit rusty around the lineout work, but definitely a sound performance.

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"We got rid of jet lag in the early stages, we come over early enough and we have had a couple of big trainings. The girls have acclimatised well."

While the time zone has meant the team had to adapt, Moore said the support from home had been flooding in via social media.

"We are getting lots of support form home, it's been huge."

Moore said there was still plenty of competition within the side for positions and they were all well aware it.

The Black Ferns will play Hong Kong on Sunday night at 11pm (NZT).

 - Stuff

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