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Fa'amausili wants more from Black Ferns

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 24/10/2016 Angelo Risso
Fiao'o Fa'amausili of the Black Ferns celebrates a try during the international womens Test match between the New Zealand Black Ferns and the Australian Wallaroos at Eden Park on October 22, 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand. © Phil Walter/Getty Images Fiao'o Fa'amausili of the Black Ferns celebrates a try during the international womens Test match between the New Zealand Black Ferns and the Australian Wallaroos at Eden Park on October 22, 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand.

The Black Ferns may have thumped Australia 67-3 on Saturday but skipper Fiao'o Fa'amausili feels her side have plenty more in their locker.

New Zealand were far too strong for their trans-Tasman opponents at Eden Park, running in an unanswered 11 tries to coast to victory.

They will now play the second of their two Tests in Albany on Wednesday with the Laurie O'Reilly trophy virtually secured.

Fa'amausili, 36, led from the front against the Wallaroos and bagged a brace but said she wanted an even better performance in northern Auckland.

The side had turned over too much ball at the breakdown and could do even better in the scrum and lineout.

However Fa'amausili was happy with how the Kiwis had stuck to their game plan by spreading the Wallaroos' defence wide.

"We lost a lot of ball in contact, I think it's more because the girls were excited, we haven't been together too long," Fa'amausili said.

"There's a lot of bruised bodies but they'll be ready to go again."

The match marked the Black Ferns' first Test of 2016 and the Wallaroos' first Test since 2014, following their win over Auckland last week.

Wallaroos coach Paul Verrell said his side's inexperience showed, with 12 members of the matchday squad uncapped before Saturday.

"A lot of young girls, until they get on the field they don't realise what the level is going to be like," Verrell said.

"When you don't have any ball and you're defending all the time, it was eventually going to blow out."

Verrell felt the thrashing would serve his side well moving forward, starting with Wednesday's encounter.

The side had looked threatening when sticking to its structure, but couldn't sustain it for long stretches.

He would now look for more positive play.

"We'll try and finish on some positives - set pieces right, lineout right and some attacking shape," Verrell said.

New Zealand head to Europe after Wednesday's game for clashes with Canada, Ireland and world champions England.

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